2018 New York Yankees

The Yankees’ Miguel Andujar, right, was mobbed by teammates after hitting the winning single against the Cleveland Indians in the ninth inning on May 4, 2018.

Table of Contents

The final standingLost the ALDS to the Boston Red Sox.
Regular season record100–62 (.617)
Post-season record2-3
Divisional rankNo. 2  in AL East
ALDS record and opponentLost 1-3 vs. Boston Red Sox
AL rankNo. 4
ALCS record and opponentDidn’t play
World Series record and opponentDidn’t play
ManagerAaron Boone
Top batterHome run: Giancarlo Stanton (38), Aaron Judge, Miguel Andujar, Didi Gregorius, Aaron Hicks (27), Gleyber Torres (24)

BA: Luke Voit (.333), Miguel Andujar (.297), Aaron Judge (.278)

Run: Giancarlo Stanton (102), Brett Gardner (95), Aaron Hicks (90)

RBI: Giancarlo Stanton (100), Miguel Andujar (92), Didi Gregorius (86)
Top pitcher/ (W-L, ERA)Luis Severino: 19-8, 3.39
Masahiro Tanaka: 12-6, 3.75
CC Sabathia: 9-7, 3.65
Sonny Gray: 11-9, 4.90
Attendance record3,482,855 (1st of 15)

2018 New York Yankees: A brief summary

The 2018 New York Yankees season was a journey filled with anticipation, heartbreak, and resilience. It marked the second year under the leadership of manager Aaron Boone, who took the reins from Joe Girardi. The 2018 season had ended in disappointment with a defeat to the Boston Red Sox in the Division Series, leaving the Yankees scouting ways to bounce back.

As the 2018 New York Yankees season commenced, there was a palpable sense of excitement among Yankees fans, fueled by high expectations and notable acquisitions. Giancarlo Stanton, the reigning National League MVP, had joined the team in a bold move. However, his performance in pinstripes proved to be a mix of highs and lows, with impressive power numbers tempered by fluctuations in batting average and an increase in strikeouts.

The rivalry with the Boston Red Sox, a cornerstone of pinstripes history, was reignited from the start of the 2018 New York Yankees. The intensity of the matchups, coupled with incidents like Joe Kelly‘s hit on Tyler Austin, kept the rivalry ablaze. Despite some one-sided games during the season, the anticipation of facing the Red Sox in crucial moments added a layer of drama to the Yankees’ journey.

The season showcased both highs and lows for the 2018 New York Yankees. Gleyber Torres emerged as a bright spot, impressing fans and pundits alike with his stellar performance at just 21 years old. However, concerns arose over the inconsistency of key players, such as Luis Severino‘s uncertain second half and Aaron Judge‘s two-month absence due to injury.

Amidst the challenges, the 2018 New York Yankees remained active leading up to the trade deadline, making strategic moves to bolster their bullpen. The team achieved a remarkable feat by breaking the MLB record for the most home runs in a season, culminating in their 265th home run.

With a 100–62 (.617) record, the regular season concluded with the 2018 New York Yankees preparing for a one-game wild-card playoff against the Oakland Athletics. While they beat the A’s in the wild-card round, the division series was only a nightmare as they lost to their biggest rivals, the BoSox.

2018 New York Yankees’ most memorable game

Amidst the highs and lows of the 2018 New York Yankees season, one particular moment shone brightly. On July 1, in a highly anticipated matchup against their perennial rivals, the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees delivered a resounding statement at Yankee Stadium that echoed throughout the league.

In a remarkable display of offensive firepower, the 2018 New York Yankees bashed six home runs, dominating the Red Sox with an 11-1 victory. The star of the evening was Aaron Hicks, the switch-hitter who etched his name in Yankees history with a performance for the ages. Hicks smashed a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the fourth off the formidable David Price. Undeterred, he added another solo blast in the eighth off Hector Velazquez, capping off a remarkable three-homer game.

This extraordinary feat elevated Hicks to a prestigious club, joining the ranks of Lou Gehrig (1927) and Mark Teixeira (2010) as the only Yankees to enjoy a three-homer game against the Red Sox, achieving the milestone by going deep from both sides of the plate. The magnitude of this accomplishment was magnified by the fact that it occurred in front of a national audience, solidifying Hicks’ place in the 2018 New York Yankees lore.

However, despite the dominance displayed in this memorable game, the season for the 2018 New York Yankees ultimately ended in disappointment. Despite their success in the regular season, highlighted by victories over the Red Sox, they faced defeat in the American League Division Series (ALDS). The Red Sox, their rivals once again proving to be their playoff hurdle, emerged victorious, ending the Yankees’ postseason aspirations. This poignant contrast encapsulated the bittersweet narrative of the Yankees’ 2018 campaign—a season of triumphs, memorable moments, and the harsh reality of postseason heartbreak.

2018 New York Yankees season in videos

Wild Card result

Yankees 1−0 Athletics

1October 3AthleticsYankee Stadium7–2Betances (1–0)Hendriks (0–1)49,6201−0

ALDS result

Yankees 1−3 Red Sox

1October 5@ Red SoxFenway Park4−5Sale (1–0)Happ (0–1)Kimbrel (1)39,0590–1
2October 6@ Red SoxFenway Park6−2Tanaka (1–0)Price (0–1)39,1511−1
3October 8Red SoxYankee Stadium1−16Eovaldi (1–0)Severino (0–1)49,6571−2
4October 9Red SoxYankee Stadium3−4Porcello (1−0)Sabathia (0−1)Kimbrel (2)49,6411−3

2018 New York Yankees roster

Chance Adams23us USRR6′ 1″215Aug 10, 19941st31-0.2
Miguel Andujar23do DORR6′ 0″211Mar 2, 199521491452.9
Tyler Austin26us USRR6′ 2″220Sep 6, 1991334330.3
Dellin Betances30us USRR6′ 8″265Mar 23, 198876601.4$5,100,000
Greg Bird25us USLR6′ 3″220Nov 9, 1992382720.1$582,000
Zack Britton30us USLL6′ 1″200Dec 22, 198782500.3
Luis Cessa26mx MXRR6′ 0″222Apr 25, 19923165-0.1
Aroldis Chapman30cu CULL6′ 4″235Feb 28, 198895501.5$17,200,000
A.J. Cole26us USRR6′ 5″240Jan 5, 19924280-0.2
Brandon Drury25us USRR6′ 2″230Aug 21, 199241814-0.3$621,900
Clint Frazier23us USRR5′ 11″212Sep 6, 199421590.1$559,200
Giovanny Gallegos26mx MXRR6′ 2″215Aug 14, 19912400
Brett Gardner34us USLL5′ 11″195Aug 24, 1983111401303.3$11,500,000
Domingo Germán25do DORR6′ 2″181Aug 4, 199222114-0.3
Sonny Gray28us USRR5′ 10″195Nov 7, 1989630230.1$6,500,000
Chad Green27us USLR6′ 3″215May 24, 199136302$570,800
Didi Gregorius28nl NLLR6′ 3″205Feb 18, 199071341304.9$8,250,000
David Hale30us USRR6′ 2″210Sep 27, 19875300.3
J.A. Happ35us USLL6′ 5″205Oct 19, 19821211111.8
Adeiny Hechavarría29cu CURR6′ 0″195Apr 15, 1989718110
Aaron Hicks28us USBR6′ 1″205Oct 2, 198961371314.4$2,825,000
Kyle Higashioka28us USRR6′ 1″202Apr 20, 199022920-0.2
Jonathan Holder25us USRR6′ 2″232Jun 9, 199336010.7$553,850
Aaron Judge26us USRR6′ 7″282Apr 26, 199231121085.9$622,300
Tommy Kahnle28us USRR6′ 1″230Aug 7, 19895240-0.9$1,312,500
George Kontos33us USRR6′ 3″225Jun 12, 19858100.1
Jonathan Loáisiga23ni NIRR5′ 11″165Nov 2, 19941st94-0.2$545,000
Lance Lynn31us USRR6′ 5″270May 12, 198771190.3
Andrew McCutchen31us USRR5′ 10″190Oct 10, 19861025250.9
Billy McKinney23us USLL5′ 11″205Aug 23, 19941st22-0.1
Jordan Montgomery25us USLL6′ 6″228Dec 27, 19922660.5$580,450
Jace Peterson28us USLR6′ 0″215May 9, 1990532-0.1
David Robertson33us USRR5′ 11″195Apr 9, 1985116900.7$13,000,000
Shane Robinson33us USRR5′ 9″170Oct 30, 1984925170.1
Austin Romine29us USRR6′ 1″216Nov 22, 1988777681.3$1,100,000
CC Sabathia37us USLL6′ 6″300Jul 21, 19801829291.8$10,000,000
Gary Sánchez25do DORR6′ 2″230Dec 2, 1992489861.1$620,400
Luis Severino24do DORR6′ 2″218Feb 20, 1994432323.9$604,975
Justus Sheffield22us USLL5′ 10″224May 13, 19961st30-0.1
Chasen Shreve27us USLL6′ 4″180Jul 12, 19905400-0.2$825,000
Giancarlo Stanton28us USRR6′ 6″245Nov 8, 198991581574.4$25,000,000
Masahiro Tanaka29jp JPRR6′ 3″218Nov 1, 1988527272.3$22,000,000
Stephen Tarpley25us USRL6′ 0″202Feb 17, 19931st1000.2
Gleyber Torres21ve VERR6′ 1″205Dec 13, 19961st1231193.6$545,000
Ronald Torreyes25ve VERR5′ 8″155Sep 2, 1992441240.2$615,500
Luke Voit27us USRR6′ 2″258Feb 13, 1991239351.3
Tyler Wade23us USLR6′ 1″188Nov 23, 199423615-0.1$551,300
Neil Walker32us USBR6′ 2″214Sep 10, 19851011395-0.1$4,000,000
Adam Warren30us USRR6′ 1″224Aug 25, 198772400.6$3,315,000

2018 New York Yankees additions, transactions, and trades

December 9, 2017: Giancarlo Stanton trade

  • The Yankees initiated a significant trade on December 9, 2017.
  • Departing players included All-star second baseman Starlin Castro and two minor league prospects.
  • The trade was with the Miami Marlins, and in return, the Yankees acquired the reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
  • Official confirmation of the trade came on December 11, 2017.
  • Post-announcement, General Manager Brian Cashman secured a noteworthy 5-year contract extension reportedly valued at $25 million.

December 12, 2017: Headley and Mitchell to Padres

  • On December 12, 2017, during the first day of the MLB Winter Meetings, the Yankees engaged in another trade.
  • Players involved in the trade were Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell.
  • The trade partner was the San Diego Padres.
  • In exchange, the Yankees acquired Jabari Blash.
  • Notably, this marked Chase Headley’s second stint with the Padres.

February 20, 2018: Brandon Drury acquisition

  • On February 20, 2018, the Yankees executed a significant three-team trade.
  • The key acquisition was infielder Brandon Drury from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • The trade also involved the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • As part of the deal, the Yankees sent prospect Nick Solak to the Rays.
  • Arizona received prospect Taylor Widener and Steven Souza Jr. from Tampa Bay.
  • To accommodate Drury on the 40-man roster, the Yankees traded Jabari Blash to the Los Angeles Angels for a Player To Be Named Later (PTBNL) or cash considerations.

March 12, 2018: Neil Walker signing

  • On March 12, 2018, the Yankees made a notable signing.
  • Second baseman Neil Walker joined the team on a 1-year contract worth $4 million.
  • This signing bolstered the team’s depth and versatility for the upcoming season.

2018 New York Yankees timeline of transactions

December 9, 2017:

  • Traded Starlin Castro and prospects to the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton.
  • Brian Cashman received a 5-year contract extension.

December 12, 2017:

  • Traded Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for Jabari Blash.

February 20, 2018:

  • Acquired Brandon Drury in a three-team trade.
  • Traded Jabari Blash to the Angels for a PTBNL or cash.

March 12, 2018:

  • Signed Neil Walker to a 1-year, $4 million contract.

April 2, 2018:

  • Acquired Cody Asche from Kansas City for a PTBNL or cash.

May 2, 2018:

  • Placed Jordan Montgomery on the 10-day DL.
  • Recalled Clint Frazier from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Signed Osiel Rodriguez, Jose Chambuco, and Alexander Vargas to minor league contracts.

June 29, 2018:

  • Recalled Brandon Drury from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

July 26, 2018:

  • Acquired J.A. Happ from Toronto for Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney.
  • Acquired Zach Britton from the Orioles for Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers, and Cody Carroll.

July 30, 2018:

  • Acquired international signing bonus money from Seattle for Adam Warren.
  • Acquired Lance Lynn and cash from Minnesota for Tyler Austin and Luis Rijo.

August 31, 2018:

  • Acquired Andrew McCutchen from the Giants for Abiatal Avelino, Juan De Paula, and cash.

September 3, 2018:

  • Assigned OF Shane Robinson and LHP Ryan Bollinger outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL).
  • Recalled RHP Jonathan Loaisiga from Trenton (EL).

2018 New York Yankees debuts

  • Chance Adams – 08-04-2018 – 23 years old
  • Jonathan Loáisiga – 06-15-2018 – 23 years old
  • Billy McKinney – 03-30-2018 – 23 years old
  • Justus Sheffield – 09-19-2018 – 22 years old
  • Stephen Tarpley – 09-02-2018 – 25 years old
  • Gleyber Torres – 04-22-2018 – 21 years old

2018 New York Yankees stats (batting)

CGary Sánchez2589374323516017018531046940.186
1BGreg Bird*2582311272235416111380030780.199
2BGleyber Torres2112348443154117161247762421220.271
SSDidi Gregorius*2813456950489135235278610648690.268
3BMiguel Andujar231496065738317047227922125970.297
LFBrett Gardner*34140609530951252071245162651070.236
CFAaron Hicks#28137581480901191832779112901110.248
RFAaron Judge2611249841377115220276763761520.278
DHGiancarlo Stanton281587056171021643413810050702110.266
IFNeil Walker#32113398347487612111460042870.219
CAustin Romine2977265242305912010421017670.244
1BLuke Voit273914813228445014330015390.333
1BTyler Austin2634132121162760823118530.223
OFAndrew McCutchen3125114871822215101322220.253
IFRonald Torreyes25411021009287107002160.28
CKyle Higashioka282979726122036006160.167
2BTyler Wade*233670668114015104230.167
IFBrandon Drury25185751292017005120.176
OFShane Robinson3325544987101210460.143
OFClint Frazier23154134993001005130.265
IFAdeiny Hechavarría29183736370022101100.194
OFJace Peterson*283111003000001130.3
LFBilly McKinney*2324401000000010.25
Team Totals27.316262715515851137426923267821632162514210.249
Rank in 15 AL teams62810811211138

2018 New York Yankees stats (pitching)

SPLuis Severino241980.7043.3932320110191.11737672
SPMasahiro Tanaka291260.6673.75272701101561416865
SPCC Sabathia*37970.5633.65292900001531507262
SPSonny Gray281190.554.930232000130.11387371
SPDomingo Germán25260.255.572114200085.2815553
SPJ.A. Happ*357012.691111000063.2512019
CLAroldis Chapman*303012.4555043003251.1241514
RPChad Green27830.7272.5630300075.2642221
RPDavid Robertson33830.7273.236901100569.2463025
RPDellin Betances30460.42.76601500466.2442220
RPJonathan Holder25130.253.146011400066532723
Lance Lynn31320.64.14119000054.1582625
Luis Cessa26140.25.24165600244.2512726
A.J. Cole26310.754.262801300038392318
Chasen Shreve*27220.54.264001700138392318
Adam Warren300102.72406000302699
Jordan Montgomery*252013.6266000027.1251111
Zack Britton*301012.88250100032518108
Jonathan Loáisiga232015.1194200024.2261714
Tommy Kahnle282016.56240700123.1232217
David Hale30002.5330100010.21233
Giovanny Gallegos26004.5402001101055
Stephen Tarpley*2500310030009633
Chance Adams230107.043110007.2876
Justus Sheffield*220010.133020002.2433
George Kontos330001000001.2100
Jace Peterson28000000000000
Team Totals28.7100620.6173.7816216216022491456.11311669611
Rank in 15 AL teams31354734554

2018 New York Yankees vs. opponents/ team splits

Opponent (Games)WonLostWP
Atlanta Braves (3)210.667
Baltimore Orioles (19)1270.632
Boston Red Sox (19)9100.474
Chicago White Sox (6)420.667
Cleveland Indians (7)520.714
Detroit Tigers (7)430.571
Houston Astros (7)520.714
Kansas City Royals (7)520.714
Los Angeles Angels (6)510.833
Miami Marlins (4)220.500
Minnesota Twins (7)520.714
New York Mets (6)330.500
Oakland Athletics (6)330.500
Philadelphia Phillies (3)210.667
Seattle Mariners (6)510.833
Tampa Bay Rays (19)1090.526
Texas Rangers (7)430.571
Toronto Blue Jays (19)1360.684
Washington Nationals (4)220.500

2018 New York Yankees monthly record

Month (Games)WonLostWP
March (3)210.667
April (25)1690.640
May (25)1780.680
June (27)1890.667
July (25)15100.600
August (30)17130.567
September (27)15120.556

2018 New York Yankees All-Stars

  • Aaron Judge
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Luis Severino

2018 New York Yankees awards, honors

All-Star Team Selections:

  • Aaron Judge
  • Gleyber Torres
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Luis Severino

2018 New York Yankees big moments

  • Masahiro Tanaka’s impressive complete game shutout against Tampa Bay.
  • Giancarlo Stanton’s remarkable debut with two home runs on Opening Day in Toronto.
  • Didi Gregorius’ outstanding performance in April, earned him the nickname “Mr. April” and achieved a new career high in home runs despite injuries.
  • The emergence of Miguel Andujar, acquired in spring training to solidify third base.
  • Another notable complete game shutout by Masahiro Tanaka against Tampa Bay on July 24, showcasing his pitching skills.
  • The Yankees made history by breaking the home run record, highlighting their powerful hitting.
  • Aaron Hicks’ game-winning double that secured a playoff spot for the Yankees.
  • The unique and unexpected moment of Austin Romine’s Little League home run during a game against the Indians.

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