Round 1-Yankees

For those of you wondering how the Yankees-Red Sox simulation came out, the results don’t come in until 8pm. Here’s a brief recap of all the games:

#1 seed 1927 Yankee team took a 2 games to 1 lead over the #8 seed 1923 Yankees. In the opener, Waite Hoyt threw 8 strong innings giving up a pair of runs in the first and that was all. The ’27 Yanks scored all 3 of their runs in the third with Babe Ruth knocking in 2 with a single. Game 2 saw the ’23 Bombers bounce back with a 5-1 win behind dominant pitching from Bob Shawkey who went 7 giving up 3 hits and one run. The ’23 Babe Ruth had two doubles and 3 RBI in the win. In the third game, the ’27 Yankees bounced back with a 5-0 shutout. Starter Urban Shocker went 8 and held the ’23 team scoreless despite 11 hits. 1927 Ruth hit his first homer with one on in the 5th and knocked in 3 total for the day.

#7 seed 1950 Yankees took 2 of 3 from the #2 seed 1998 Yankees. In game 1, David Wells (98) got shelled in 6+ innings, giving up 10 hits and 6 runs. The ’98 Yanks never recovered. The big blow was a 2 out, 5th inning, bases loaded triple by Billy Johnson. Game 2 saw the ’98 team bounce back in an 8-6 win. David Cone got the start and the win that saw both teams score 3 times in the last frame. Knoblauch knocked in 3 in the win with help from Jeter and Bernie Williams (two apiece). Game 3 saw the ’50 Yankees rough up Orlando Hernandez for 6 runs in 4 and 2 thirds innings pitched. Darryl Strawberry hit two homers in the losing effort and Bernie Williams added a two run shot. Ed Lopat pitched well enough for the win. Johnny Mize knocked in two while every 1950 Yankee had one hit.

#6 seed 2009 Yankees hold a 2 games to 1 lead over the #3 seed 1961 Yankees. CC Sabathia pitched ok in the first game to get the win over Whitey Ford who was shelled and took the loss. Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon all homered for the ’09 team. Roger Maris and Bill Skowron homered in the loss. Game 2 was also won by the ’09 Yankees 13-3 behind good pitching from AJ Burnett and Alfredo Aceves. Posado and Teixeira both went deep in the lopsided game. Game 3 saw the ’61 Yankees get a win behind Bill Stafford’s 8 and 2 thirds pitching. Roger Maris hit his 2nd of the series off of Mariano Rivera with one aboard for the win, 4-2.

#4 seed 1941 Yankees beat the #5 seed 1978 Yankees 2 of 3 to start the series. Game 1 featured a beautifully pitched gem from both teams as Marius Russo shutout the ’78 club on 9 hits. Loser Ron Guidry pitched a complete game himself, giving up only a single run in the first on a two out double to Joe Dimaggio. Game 2 was a dominating pitching outing as well as Red Ruffing shut out the ’78 Yankees 7-0 for the 2nd game in a row. Ed Figueroa gave up 7 runs in the loss. The ’78 Yankees avoided a sweep in game 3 with a 6-2 win behind Catfish Hunter’s 7 inning, 1 run game. RBI from Willie Randolph, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Bucky Dent and Lou Piniella(2) led the way.

Personally, I am kind of shocked that the 1927 Yankees didn’t sweep and that the 2009 Yankees have the lead right now- I figured the 1961 Yankees would win easily. And how about the 1950 Yankees taking a 2-to-1 lead over the ’98 version? While pitching was never the strongest part of the ’98 team, who would have thought they would surrender 6 runs in each of the first three games?

Back tomorrow with the conclusion of round 1 and check out a detailed breakdown of the action at Email me at with comments or suggestions.