BotYD: Match-Up #5 – The 1962 Yankees @ The 1939 Yankees!
Earlier this month, we introduced the next month-long series that I’ll be running, called Battle of the Yankee Decades! To see the introductory and explanation post for this series, check it out here.
Last week, I announced the rules, seeding, and team rosters for each of the sixteen teams that were added into the tournament. Check that out here.
We began our simulations last Friday, and continue the Sweet 16 today with the 1962 Yankees at the 1939 Yankees!
The great thing about Out of the Park Baseball: 21 is that in these simulations, you can easily see which team is favored (when the logos are different).
Unfortunately, we run into the one main problem with the very infrequent change to the Yankees logo throughout its history as the favorability of players is completely unknown. However, as the 1939 Yankees are the 3rd best team in the tournament, we can pretty reasonably assume that they hold a dominant hand in the match-up.
Whitey Ford and his 1962 relievers completely dominated the 1939 Yankees as the starting pitcher allowed only 2 hits and 3 walks, while recording 5 strikeouts over 6 innings of work. His three relievers were perfect in their work. Bill “Moose” Skowron provided the most value on offense as he went 2-4 with both a double and a 2-run home run, which provided all the runs for the 1961 Yankees in their 2-0 win.
In Game Two, both starting pitchers Ralph Terry and Red Ruffing pitched very similarly over their 7 and 6 innings respectively, allowing their offenses to stay close throughout the game. Roger Maris hit a solo home run for the 1962 team in the 6th inning to near the score to the combination of home runs from Frank Crosetti and George Selkirk for the 1939 team. In the bottom of the 11th, Charlie Keller hit a walk-off single to win the game 5-4 and even the series at 1 game apiece.
In Game Three it was the 1939 team’s time for the starting pitching to shine, as Marius Russo pitched a fantastic 7 inning game, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), and 1 walk keeping the 1962 teams offense at bay. Red Rolfe led the 1939 Yankees on offense, going 4-5 on the day while Tommy Henrich recorded 4 RBI’s in the line-up spot behind him with a double and home run, which gave the 1939 Yankees an early led they wouldn’t give up as they took the series.
Series Statistics and MVP:
The 1939 Yankees had series MVP Tommy Henrich who went 5-13 with a home run and 4 RBI’s in the clinching game three. The likes of Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, and Bill Dickey were disappointing (hitting to a collective 3-31), yet the starting pitching was fantastic between Ruffing, Gomez, and Russo, all of whom had ERA’s at 3.00 or below.
The 1962 Yankees were led by Mickey Mantle on offense, as he went 5-13 with a home run and 3 RBI’s in the series, but the combination of Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Roger Maris, and Bobby Richardson let him down as they went a collective 5-48. Whitey Ford had the best pitching performance with his Game 1 win, and the bullpen was nearly dominant across the board.
The Sweet Sixteen Continues Tomorrow:
1904 Yankees (#11 Seed) @ 1923 Yankees (#6 Seed)!