2018 New York Yankees season

The 2018 New York Yankees season was the 116th season in New York City for the Yankees, and the 118th season overall for the franchise. This was the team's first season without manager Joe Girardi since 2007, and first season with manager Aaron Boone. The Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics in the Wild Card Game before losing to the Boston Red Sox in four games in the Division Series.

2018 New York Yankees
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Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record100–62 (.617)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)Yankee Global Enterprises
General manager(s)Brian Cashman
Manager(s)Aaron Boone
Local televisionYES Network
PIX 11[1]
(Michael Kay, Ryan Ruocco, Paul O'Neil, David Cone, several others as analysts)
Local radioWFAN SportsRadio 66 AM / 101.9 FM
New York Yankees Radio Network
(John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman)
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Offseason

After the 2017 season, the Yankees decided not to retain Joe Girardi as their manager. The Yankees hired former player Aaron Boone to succeed him on December 4, 2017.[2][3]

Transactions

On December 9, 2017, the Yankees traded All-star second baseman Starlin Castro and two minor league prospects to the Miami Marlins for reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.[4] The deal was made official December 11. After the deal was announced, General Manager Brian Cashman received a contract extension for 5 years, reportedly worth $25 million.

On December 12, 2017, the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings, the Yankees traded Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for Jabari Blash. This will be Headley's second stint with the Padres.[5]

On February 20, 2018, the Yankees acquired infielder Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three team trade along with the Tampa Bay Rays. As part of the deal, the Yankees sent prospect Nick Solak to the Rays and Arizona received prospect Taylor Widener along with Steven Souza Jr. from Tampa Bay.[6] To make room for Drury on the 40-man roster, the Yankees traded Blash to the Los Angeles Angels for a PTBNL or cash considerations.[7]

On March 12, 2018, the Yankees signed second baseman Neil Walker to a 1-year, $4 million contract.[8]

Spring Training

The Yankees finished their spring training in 4th place in the Grapefruit league with an 18–13 record with a .581 winning percentage.

Regular season

March

The Yankees began the regular season on March 29, 2018, with a 6–1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada. They ended up going 2–1 in the first 3 games of the season.

April

On April 20, following their loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, they had a record of 9–9, and were in third place in the American League East, seven games behind the first place Boston Red Sox. They would follow this by winning 17 out of their next 18 games which would, at 26–10, give them the best record in all of MLB.[9] They finished the month going 16–9.

Yankees–Red Sox brawl

On April 11, 2018, the Yankee-Red Sox rivalry heated up at Fenway Park when the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox game broke out into a brawl.[10]

With the Yankees leading 10–6 in the 7th inning, Yankees first basemen Tyler Austin got hit by a pitch thrown by reliever Joe Kelly. Austin was drilled with a 98 MPH fastball, possibly in retaliation after Austin slid foot-first into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt in the 3rd inning, striking his leg and breaking up a double play. Holt questioned the slide and Austin briefly got in his face before the second base umpire David Rackley intervened. The benches emptied but it turned into a harmless stare down. The play was under review and was deemed a "bona fide slide" and did not break up the double play.

Austin charged the mound and both teams benches and bullpens cleared with both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton helping to protect their teammates, as well as conducting damage control with Red Sox players.

When the altercation settled down, Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin, who was "jawing" towards the Red Sox dugout, and Austin were ejected, along with Kelly. Also Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle was tossed because he was "incensed" after he was pushed by an umpire in the scuffle.[11]

Discipline actions were set the next day: Kelly was fined and suspended for 6 games; Austin was fined and suspended for 5 games; while Nevin and Red Sox manager Alex Cora were issued undisclosed fines. Players on the Disabled List were also fined for entering the field during the skirmish: Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia and Red Sox infielders Xander Bogarts, Marco Hernández, and Dustin Pedroia.[12]

May

The Yankees started the month winning against the Houston Astros 4–0 on a go-ahead 3-run home run by Gary Sanchez.[13] They took over first place from the Boston Red Sox on May 9 by winning against them, 9–6.[14] They finished the month going 17–7, putting them with a season record of 35-17. Even so, this set them back to second place in the division, 1 1/2 games behind the Red Sox (39–18).

June

The Yankees started the month with a 4–1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.[15] They finished the series with baseball's best record (37–17), even though they were still one game behind the Boston Red Sox (41–19) for the division lead. This happened several more times throughout the month. On June 21, the Yankees made franchise history with a win over the Seattle Mariners, making it their 50th win on the season in just their 72nd game. In previous seasons, they reached that feat eight times (7 out of 8 they made it to the World Series).[16] The Yankees finished the month losing 11–0 against the Red Sox. They went 18–9 for the month, putting their record at 53–27, one game back of the Red Sox (56–28).

July

The Yankees started the month by blowing out the Red Sox 11–1, putting them back into a tie for first place in the division. They hit 6 home runs in the game (Aaron Judge started it off with a solo shot, Gleyber Torres had a three-run blast, Aaron Hicks hit 3, and Kyle Higashioka had one for his first MLB hit), setting the team record for the most home runs hit by a team before the All-Star break with 137.[17] The Yankees sent four players to the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.. Judge and Luis Severino played, while Torres and Aroldis Chapman sat out due to injuries.[18] Before the Trade Deadline, the team acquired J. A. Happ from the Blue Jays, Zach Britton from the Orioles, Lance Lynn from the Twins, and Luke Voit from the Cardinals.[19] The Yankees finished the month winning against the Orioles 6–3, going 15–10 for the month and 68–37 overall. This, however, pushed them 5 games back of the Red Sox, who continue to own the best record in baseball at 75–35.

August

The Yankees started the month losing to the Orioles 7–5 in the series finale. They traveled to Fenway Park to face the Boston Red Sox and tried to get closer to first place in the division. However they lost in a four-game sweep to their division rivals. The Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak (their longest of the season) with a 7–0 shoutout win over the Chicago White Sox, sweeping them in three games. At home, they then took three out of four from the Texas Rangers and lost the one-game matchup against the New York Mets 8–5, that was postponed previously due to weather inclements. The Yankees played the Baltimore Orioles in a four-game series spread out over three days, which saw the Yankees sweep the series and coming back to 6 games behind the Red Sox. The month ended with the Yankees winning against the Detroit Tigers 7–5, putting them (85-50) 8 games back of the Red Sox (93–42).[20]

September

The Yankees started the month winning 2–1 against the Detroit Tigers. Masahiro Tanaka completed back-to-back outings of 7 or more innings for the first time since September 2, 2017.[21] The Boston Red Sox clinched the AL East title by winning against the Yankees 11–6 on September 20.[22] However, the Yankees clinched an AL Wild Card spot two days later by winning against the Baltimore Orioles 3–2 in 11 innings. This will be the Yankees third postseason appearance in five years, all of which will begin with the Wild Card Game.[23] On September 28, with a win over the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees clinched home field advantage and will face the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game. The next day, with a 4th inning two-run home run by Gleyber Torres, the Yankees broke single season home run record set by the 1997 Seattle Mariners with 265 home runs (a game later 267). Also, the Yankees became the first team in MLB history to have at least 20 home runs from every spot in the batting order. As well as sharing history with the Red Sox. For the first season in MLB history both teams reached 100 wins.

October

The Yankees began the postseason by defeating the Athletics in the 2018 American League Wild Card Game 7-2. They moved on to face the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. This was the first time since the 2004 American League Championship Series that the two teams faced each other in the postseason. They fell short in 4 games, as Boston defeated the Yankees 3 games to 1. This marks the first time in franchise history that they would lose in the postseason as a Wild Card team in back-to-back seasons.

Season standings

American League East

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 108 54 0.667 57–24 51–30
New York Yankees 100 62 0.617 8 53–28 47–34
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 18 51–30 39–42
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 35 40–41 33–48
Baltimore Orioles 47 115 0.290 61 28–53 19–62

American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Boston Red Sox 108 54 0.667
Houston Astros 103 59 0.636
Cleveland Indians 91 71 0.562
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 100 62 0.617 +3
Oakland Athletics 97 65 0.599
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 7
Seattle Mariners 89 73 0.549 8
Los Angeles Angels 80 82 0.494 17
Minnesota Twins 78 84 0.481 19
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 24
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 30
Detroit Tigers 64 98 0.395 33
Chicago White Sox 62 100 0.383 35
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0.358 39
Baltimore Orioles 47 115 0.290 50

Record against opponents

2018 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 3–16 3–4 2–5 2–4 1–6 2–4 1–5 1–6 7–12 1–5 1–6 8–11 3–4 5–14 7–13
Boston 16–3 3–4 3–4 4–2 3–4 5–1 6–0 4–3 10–9 2–4 4–3 11–8 6–1 15–4 16–4
Chicago 4–3 4–3 5–14 7–12 0–7 11–8 2–5 7–12 2–4 2–5 2–4 4–2 4–3 2–4 6–14
Cleveland 5–2 4–3 14–5 13–6 3–4 12–7 3–3 10–9 2–5 2–4 2–5 2–4 4–2 3–4 12–8
Detroit 4–2 2–4 12–7 6–13 1–5 8–11 3–4 7–12 3–4 0–7 3–4 2–4 3–4 4–3 6–14
Houston 6–1 4–3 7–0 4–3 5–1 5–1 13–6 4–2 2–5 12–7 9–10 3–4 12–7 4–2 13–7
Kansas City 4–2 1–5 8–11 7–12 11–8 1–5 1–6 10–9 2–5 2–5 1–5 0–7 2–5 2–5 6–14
Los Angeles 5–1 0–6 5–2 3–3 4–3 6–13 6–1 4–3 1–5 10–9 8–11 1–6 13–6 4–3 10–10
Minnesota 6–1 3–4 12–7 9–10 12–7 2–4 9–10 3–4 2–5 2–5 1–5 3–4 2–4 4–2 8–12
New York 12–7 9–10 4–2 5–2 4–3 5–2 5–2 5–1 5–2 3–3 5–1 10–9 4–3 13–6 11–9
Oakland 5–1 4–2 5–2 4–2 7–0 7–12 5–2 9–10 5–2 3–3 9–10 2–5 13–6 7–0 12–8
Seattle 6–1 3–4 4–2 5–2 4–3 10–9 5–1 11–8 5–1 1–5 10–9 6–1 10–9 3–4 6–14
Tampa Bay 11–8 8–11 2–4 4–2 4–2 4–3 7–0 6–1 4–3 9–10 5–2 1–6 5–1 13–6 7–13
Texas 4–3 1–6 3–4 2–4 4–3 7–12 5–2 6–13 4–2 3–4 6–13 9–10 1–5 3–3 9–11
Toronto 14–5 4–15 4–2 4–3 3–4 2–4 5–2 3–4 2–4 6–13 0–7 4–3 6–13 3–3 13–7

Updated with the results of all games through September 30, 2018.

Detailed records

American League
Opponent Home Away Total Pct.
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 4-5 8-2 12-7 .632
Boston Red Sox 6-3 3-7 9-10 .474
New York Yankees - - -
Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 6-3 13-6 .684
Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 4-6 10-9 .526
23-14 21-18 44-32 .579
AL Central
Detroit Tigers 2-2 2-1 4-3 .571
Cleveland Indians 3-0 2-2 5-2 .714
Kansas City Royals 3-1 2-1 5-2 .714
Minnesota Twins 4-0 1-2 5-2 .714
Chicago White Sox 1-2 3-0 4-2 .667
13–5 10–6 23–11 .676
AL West
Oakland Athletics 2–1 1–2 3–3 .500
Houston Astros 2-1 3–1 5–2 .714
Los Angeles Angels 2-1 3–0 5–1 .833
Seattle Mariners 3–0 2–1 5–1 .833
Texas Rangers 3–1 1–2 4–3 .571
12–4 10–6 22–10 .688
National League
Opponent Home Away Total Pct.
Washington Nationals 1-1 1–1 2–2 .500
New York Mets 1–2 2–1 3–3 .500
Atlanta Braves 2–1 2–1 .667
Philadelphia Phillies - 2–1 2–1 .667
Miami Marlins 1–1 1–1 2–2 .500
5–5 6–4 11–9 .550

Roster

2018 New York Yankees
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Infielders

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Game log

Legend
  Yankees win
  Yankees loss
  Postponement
Bold Yankees team member

Postseason

Postseason Game log

2018 Postseason game log (2−3) (Home 1−2; Away 1−1)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders International League Bobby Mitchell
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League Jay Bell
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Pat Osborn
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Julio Mosquera
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Lino Diaz
Rookie Pulaski Yankees Appalachian League Luis Dorante
Rookie GCL Yankees 1 Gulf Coast League Julio Mosquera
Rookie GCL Yankees 2 Gulf Coast League Luis Sojo
Rookie DSL Yankees 1 Dominican Summer League Raul Dominguez
Rookie DSL Yankees 2 Dominican Summer League Raul Dominguez

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  23. ^ Hoch, Bryan. "Yanks clinch WC berth on walk-off win in 11th".

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