Saturday, March 27, 2021

All-Time Yankees, Tournament, Round 2, Part 1: A "seeded" team falls

It wouldn't be "madness" without a bracket buster or two. Here are the second-round games from the left side of the bracket (the "Clipper" and "Bomber" regions ... 

1927 Yankees beat 1953, 4 games to 2

1932 Yankees beat 1978, 4 games to 0

1951 Yankees beat 1938, 4 games to 1

2009 Yankees beat 1939, 4 games to 1

Click below to get more details on each series ... 


1927 Yankees beat 1953, 4 games to 2

Game 1: 1927 wins, 5-3
Game 2: 1953 wins, 11-4
Game 3: 1927 wins, 5-4
Game 4: 1927 wins, 3-0
Game 5 :1953 wins, 4-3
Game 6: 1927 wins, 1-0 

The 1927 Yankees may be known as "Murderers Row," but it was the pitching that won this series, with shutout wins in Games 4 and 6. The biggest offensive outburst was when 1953 pounded Waite Hoyt in Game 2, but Hoyt came back with a complete game shutout in the clinching Game 6. Allie Reynolds was the loser in the final game, with the only run coming when Earle Combs led off the eighth with a triple and came around to score on a wild pitch. Bob Meusel was series MVP, hitting .400 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs. Babe Ruth hit .364 with 3 HR. For 1953, Yogi Berra and Hank Bauer each drove in 5 runs. 

1932 Yankees beat 1978, 4 games to 0

Game 1: 1932 wins, 5-2
Game 2: 1932 wins, 7-3
Game 3: 1932 wins, 8-6
Game 4: 1978 wins, 6-5

Remember how dominant the 1978 team seemed in the first round? That didn't last long. Leadoff hitter Ben Chapman was 12-for-18 and scored 8 runs for 1932 to get the MVP, while Lou Gehrig was 8-for-17 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs and Tony Lazzeri hit .375 and drive in 8 runs. The 1932 team completed the sweep with a walk-off when shortstop Lyn Lary (who?) hit a 2-run single in the bottom of the ninth of Game 4. Graig Nettles had 3 HRs and 7 RBIs, and Thurman Munson hit .467 in a losing effort. 

1951 Yankees beat 1938, 4 games to 1

Game 1: 1951 wins, 4-2
Game 2: 1951 wins, 5-0
Game 3: 1938 wins, 1-0
Game 4: 1951 wins, 5-4
Game 5: 1951 wins, 9-5

1938 won its first-round matchup with pitching, and got beat with pitching in the second round, scoring just 12 runs in 5 games. Vic Raschi won two games and Allie Reynolds tossed a 4-hit shutout in Game 2. Gil McDougald was the MVP, going 8-for-19 with 1 HR and 4 RBIs. Yogi, Hank Bauer and Joe Collins each had 4 RBIs for 1951. Tommy Henrich hit .400 with 3 HRs and 4 RBIs for 1938, while Monte Pearson and Johnny Murphy combined on a 4-hit shutout in 1938's only win.

2009 Yankees beat 1939, 4 games to 1

Game 1: 1939 wins, 4-1
Game 2: 2009 wins, 17-16
Game 3: 2009 wins, 7-1
Game 4: 2009 wins, 15-2
Game 5: 2009 wins, 2-1

The 1939 team becomes the first "seeded" team to lose, as the 2009 offense went ballistic in Games 2 and 4. Game 2 was especially crazy, with the teams combining for 33 runs, 39 hits and 7 home runs. Melky Cabrera started the scoring in that game with a second-inning grand slam, and Mark Teixeira, Eric Hinske and Brett Gardner added HRs for 2009, while Tommy Henrich, Babe Dahlgren and Red Rolfe had HRs for 1939. A-Rod had 2HRs in the Game 4 blowout. Robinson Cano was the series MVP, going 11-for-22 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs, while Cabrera had 8 RBIs. The 2009 team has scored 15 runs or more 3 times in the first two series. 

So, here's how things look so far:






4 comments:

ranger_lp said...

It would be funny in the unlikely event that 1977 meets 1978 in the final...

JM said...

I know these outcomes are based on a fair application of stats, but it galls me that 2009 would win. Basically because I think fans of all stripes tend to give too much weight to teams that they have personally seen and experienced, short-shrifting teams of bygone eras. Recency bias, in other words.

2009 was fun, but I dunno about that one.

Pocono Steve said...

Yeesh. Voit.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Never in this world or the next one do the 2009 Yankees bulldoze the 1939 team. The short series format doesn't tell us much.