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Gang Green

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In the world of Color Psychology, the color Green is the color of balance,
harmony and growth, something the 2016, 40-41 NY Yankees can  really use as we finish the 81 game halfway point to the season

Yesterday Rookie Chad Green who  was absolutely rocked for 8 hits, 6 runs, 4 earned, and 2 HR’s in his first outing, a 4 inning debacle vs the D-Backs  on May  17th, was maybe the only reason to  tune in to this West Coast get away day game vs the AAAA Padres

Green, who has been pitching lights out at AAA, the recipient of rave thumbs up  reviews from players like Teixeira who  saw him on a rehab assignment, and kids like Refsynder who was an SWB Railrider teammate before his call up  to  the varsity, made a complete about face from his Arizona snakebite

Green gave the Yanks a very tidy 6 innings, 3 hits, 8 K’s, 1 HR, and for the moment, Psycho Joe might have found his 6th starter..It’s a luxury that  will allow Tanaka to pitch on 5 days rest instead of 4..TJ Tanaka’s ERA is almost 4 runs lower on 5 days rest, then Nibbles Tanaka’s is on regular 4 days

It’s almost a Duh, that Psycho Joe and Larry the Stable Guy convince CashMan to  add Green to  the mix in an effort to help their Ace.

But, a disclaimer

Let’s keep in mind this was the Padres “Greenie” got the better of, a team  that showcases a lot of soft outs in their line-up.. It’s probably smarter to  wait until Green pitches vs an AL team or two before we get mesmerized by another Severino type tease.. That said the Yankee fan base is begging for young players to infiltrate this boring 25 man roster, so Green’s accolades were applauded with much vigor

If we learned anything at all in the first  half of this season, especially after the anemic hitting Mets just  swept a 4 game series from MLB’s darlings the Chicago Cubs, every team in baseball has a Bermuda Triangle to  deal  with on their roster

A combination of every team having warts, and a 2nd Wild Card, has made at least on paper, reaching a play-in game doable for 11 of the 15 teams in the AL.

The 3 teams that lead their respective divisions, the Orioles, the Indians, and  Rangers,  are all  dubious front runners capable of hitting the skids as quickly as they  could run off a 13 game winning streak

Seven of the eight teams that make up  the AL Wild Card chase have better then  .500 records, only the Bombers the 8th  team hanging on for dear life are a sub .500 squad, but they’re still only 3.5 games out of the 2nd WC

The 4 teams that  could be sellers any day now are the A’s 9 out, Rays 10.5 out,  Angels 11 out and the Twins 16.5 out of the WC.

As for the Yanks,why ARod hasn’t been  given a glove to make a cameo or 2 at 3rd base is a head scratcher? Was Psycho Joe ordered to keep him healthy enough to  reach 700 HR’s so the Yankee Brand has a selling point?

Headless is God awful, if Beltran needs a day off his feet, put ARod at  3rd and DH Carlos.. Rodriguez was chomping at  the bit to play defense the other night… If ARod goes down to  an in jury, so be it… It doesn’t end the fake playoff run, ARod is just  being rumored to break out of his season long slump, but he might be what his slash line says he is, a DH with a .642 OPS, 8 HR’s in 189 PA’s..

So he’ll hit you a HR every 24 PA’s, but the all important analytic runs created geek stat wRC+, Alex is at 66, 34 points below average, and down from his incredible 129 wRC+ in 2015..

With Teixeira’s cortisone shot making him feel better for a while, the Yanks can create a platoon with some depth if Rodriguez is allowed to play some defense, although the only NL park  they play in for the rest of the season is Citi Field on August 1st and  2nd.. That  said if you want both Beltran  and ARod in the line-up regularly, but still  rest  your best hitter’s legs, let Rodriguez loose at 3rd base now and again

As for yesterday’s 6-3 win, the buzz was Green’s outing and Teixeira’s 2 HR’s, number 400  and 401… Yes Tex hit some clutch Taters that  were also milestones

The top  4 in the line-up, Ellsbury, Gardner, Tex, and McCann  went a combined 6 for 16.. Tex struck out 3 times before he swatted his 2 HR’s, one in the 8th  to make it 3-1 and a 2 run shot in the 9th to give the Yanks a 6-1 lead

The 2nd Tex Tater seemed like a garbage time HR, until veteran Gidrool Tony Swarzak coughed up a single, a wild pitch and a 2 run HR to  start  the 9th inning.. With the game now 6-3, Psycho Joe immediately brought in Shotgun Chapman who  not only closed it out 1-2-3, he stabilized his trade value

The Yanks scored their 1st run on a Torreyes DP in the 2nd, they  took  a 2-1 lead on their best  two  way player, D-Gregorius’s 9th HR in the 4th… The game stayed 2-1 until Tex’s blast in the 8th..

The  3 run 9th quickly turned the game into  a laugher, but Swarzak immediately  made it a nail biter after just  2 batters

It’s amazing but the Padres had an  easier time with Betances and Miller, then they did with Chad Green…

Betances relieved Green in the 7th inning and  gave up  2 hits, had men on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out before pulling a Houdini by punching out the next  2 batters… And Miller, who for the 2nd game in a row was not himself, labored through a 26 pitch 8th inning, gave up 1 hit and a walk, but managed to escape any damage

Yanks are in Chicago  for 3 games starting tonight

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Written by Sal

July 4, 2016 at 7:30 am

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  1. What a great idea,have Arod play 3b!!! They were going to do it if they tied the score Friday. He certainly is a better choice than Torreyes. Nj.com had a list of the 20 worst moments of the season! check it out.
    I think there have been a lot more.

    dallasbomber7

    July 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

  2. Tex hits 2 homers yesterday,is “resting” today-only in the world of PsychoJoe!!

    dallasbomber7

    July 4, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    • Dallas–it is maddening to me how often the manager does this. these guys are not working 12 hour shifts in a coal mine.

      noogerguy

      July 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm

  3. Very nice late inning comeback for the Muttsies,, Very nice.
    Beat Donny Baseball’s Team,,
    Remember comebacks?
    Late inning heroics ?
    Yeah ,,,

    bubbaband

    July 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm

  4. Happy 4th Fellas, enjoyable takes thanks… another fine mess too watch yesterday.. Psycho Joe said he’s gonna play him 6 days in a row so he needed the rest… This way he cools down so the 6 games in a row will be another slump

    What makes Hal think a team where he has to rest middle of the order guys constantly is gonna win anything?

    Sal

    July 5, 2016 at 6:36 am


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