Yankees miss play-offs for third time in four years

The New York Yankees finished the 2016 regular season at 84-78. The team failed to make the playoffs for the 3rd time since 2013.

Going into last week, the chances of a postseason birth were almost slim to none. Being five games out of a Wild Card spot, the Yankees were behind the Tigers, Mariners, and Astros with six games to go. For the Yankees to have a shot, they pretty much needed to win out against the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. They also needed the Orioles who owned the second spot to win less than two games. The three teams ahead of them as well were required to win less than 85.

The Yankees actually swept the first place Boston Red Sox, including a come from behind walk off grand slam by now retired Mark Teixeira. However, by the time they faced off against the Orioles, it was all little too late. The Orioles took two of three games against the Toronto Blue Jays the series before, eliminating the Yankees from postseason contention. To go along with that, the Tigers and Mariners also finished the season at 86 wins. The Yankees would then go on to lose two out of three against the Orioles.

After trading away some of their best players in this year’s trade deadline, it seemed as if the Yankees’ season was just about over. But, the Yankees continued to play at 100 percent just getting knocked out with three games left.

Batter of the Week: Tyler Austin
GM – 5
AVG – .500
OBP – .571
SLG – 1.000
R – 2
AB – 12
H – 6
HR – 2
RBI – 5
BB – 2

Pitcher of the Week: C.C. Sabathia
GM – 1
W – 1
IP – 7.1
ER – 1
H – 4
BB – 2
K – 8
New York Yankees weekly round-up by David Bieber for FingerLakes1.com

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