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Yanks Refuse To Win

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If you subscribe to the saber metric theories in baseball, then Aaron Judge hitting the over on being under .300 by August  1st (.299) doesn’t bother you in the least…

After all in Sabermatrician world, Batting Average, RBI’s, Wins on a pitchers record, Saves,  and even OPS are really not stats worth following when your evaluating a player..

Unfortunately for Judge dipping below the  .300 mark for the first  time since April 28th was the least of his problems after the  Bombers lost a tough  4-3 game to  the Sell Tigers..

Judge’s 0-4 on the evening was just  part of a frustrating offensive night for the GardFather (1-4), the WoodPecker (0-5), the Toddfather (0-3) and Chase Headley (0-3) who  combined, finished 1 for 16

The Yanks as a team  went 2 for 9  with RISP, both of those clutch hits came off the bat  of DD Gregorius who smacked a 2 run HR in the 4th cutting a 4-0 Detroit lead in half, and  an RBI single in the 8th that plated the Yanks 3rd and final  run of the night

In both instances  Gregorius came through with Gary Sanchez who  doubled and singled  on board .. Sanbino, Gregorius and Holliday  the 4-5-and 6 batters in the order went a combined  6 for 12, with  each player picking up 2 hits apiece, but only Gregorius could cash in with ducks on the pond

Yankees RISP: 2-9 (Headley 0-1, T. Frazier 0-1, Gregorius 2-2, C. Frazier 0-3, Judge 0-1, Gardner 0-1)
Team LOB: 8

CC Sabathia   who coughed up  a 3 run Tater in the 2nd inning to John Hicks a player who hadn’t seen any baseball  activity in over a  month and   a solo HR to  the red hot Justin Upton in the 3rd took  the loss…

It was Sabathia’s 2nd  shaky outing in a row, but this one at least lasted 6 innings, so  he gets some credit for grinding through 18 outs without command of his bread and butter  slider and change up…

On a night when the Boston “Dead Sox”  beat  the Indians in walk off fashion, scored 12 runs, found a way to pick up  their Ace Chris Sale who put them in  5-0 and 7-5  holes, covered for  their un- hittable closer Craig Kimbrel who blew a save by giving up 2 runs in the 9th, the now  Contending Bomber’s couldn’t match the same intensity and magic in the Bronx..

sonny and hymie

So  a day  removed from Evil Empire ecstasy after acquiring Sonny Gray, Jaime Garcia, and printing World Series tickets, the Bombers  lost yet  another 1 run game..

Worst W-L in 1-Run Games: Phillies 14-26 Yankees 11-20 Reds 8-13

At least this one the bull pen didn’t blow, it was the offense, you can’t expect Sabathia to toss a gem every time out..

Despite Anibal Sanchez who is carrying around a 5.83 ERA and default closer Shane Greene trying to hand the Bombers  this game for most of the evening, You just can’t always take take take, you have to give back….It builds character….

joey buttons

Joey Buttons the manager said inning 3 with the Yanks down 4-0 and Tyler Wade leading off with a hustle double, advancing to  3rd on a wild pitch but not being plated by the GardFather, the WoodPecker and the Judge was the turning point in the game…?

Joey said it would have tied the game? Maybe he was confused, he is still  trying to  figure out how to  fit 6 starters into  5 slots so he doesn’t mess with his specialty, handling an 8 man bull pen?

Anyway it wasn’t only the 3rd inning that  caused a problem last night, down 3-0  with  2 on in the 2nd, the Toddfather made the 3rd out  out with a RISP…Down  4-2,  Holliday  doubled with 2 outs in the 6th  but Headley couldn’t punch him across

In the 7th still  down 4-2 , with 2 outs  the Gardfather singled, stole 2nd, but the WoodPecker left him stranded  after a 4-3 groundout to keep the score deadlocked at  4-2

In the 8th inning the SanBino  singled, went to  2nd base on an E/7, scored on a Gregorius single, cutting the Detroit lead to 4-3, but the rally was wiped out on  a Holliday 6-6-3 DP

The final dagger came in the 9th with 2 outs Ellsbury batting for Wade walked, went to  third on an errant pick off attempt by Greene, the Gardfather was intentionally walked,  stole 2nd, but the WoodPecker,  with  the tying and winning runs in scoring position popped up  an 0-2 fastball to  end the frustrating madness

It’s a damn  shame too, but maybe they  can  salvage the series in today’a matinee  with Tanaka who is

7-0 with a 2.83 ERA in 11 day starts last year
0-5 with a 14.81 ERA in six day starts this year

Go Get em  fellas

Zimmermann vs Tanaka

 the Whole 9

the YES Men


Written by Sal

August 2, 2017 at 7:43 am

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  1. Good news for the DonB…. Marchand at ESPN is calling for Joey Buttons’ pink slip !!!

    Sonny goes on Thursday in Cleveland, Hymie gets Kluber on Friday…. Joey Bittons per ESPN now has a stacked deck to play with, no more nursing old stars past their prime, or injuries excuses, he has everything he needs to make the playoffs

    ESPN dropped it down some, yesterday they and were printing WS tickets getting ready to face the Dodgers…..Let’s hope they’re right lol


    August 2, 2017 at 7:54 am

  2. No idea who marchand is but he is my fave scribe now.
    I am sick and tired of big head Mkay denigrating Yankee fans.
    he insults we who call for Joey Claps firing and we who believe in jinxes plus,,,,,


    August 2, 2017 at 8:30 am

    • he’s the top ESPN NYY beat reporter


      August 2, 2017 at 8:58 am

  3. Sal

    August 2, 2017 at 8:58 am

  4. Keith Law on the trade

    The Yankees had seemed like the obvious destination for Sonny Gray all month, but the two sides didn’t have a deal until close to Monday’s trade deadline, eventually agreeing on a surprising deal where two of the three prospects returning to Oakland are currently out for the season because of injuries.

    Sonny Gray is a No. 3 starter who has looked like an ace thanks to Oakland’s big ballpark, which suppresses homers and has a ton of foul territory. That’s enough to help the Yankees, who have two young starters (Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery) heading into uncharted workload territories and two old starters (Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia) with significant durability concerns.

    Sonny Gray will need to continue to rely on his two-seam fastball to generate ground balls at Yankee Stadium. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
    Gray has been solid in a bounce-back year but isn’t the same pitcher he was two years ago, working more than ever now with an improved changeup, but without the hammer curveball he had earlier in his career. Just 5-foot-8, Gray works to sink the ball with a two-seamer and generate ground balls, which will be more important than ever in Yankee Stadium, but I think the formula he has now will work there as well as it did in Oakland.

    I like the return for the A’s, but it’s possible that a year from now I’ll love it if the two injured prospects in the deal come back fully healthy.

    Jorge Mateo is the one healthy prospect going back to Oakland in the deal, and thus highest on my ranking of the Yanks’ prospects right now (fourth, behind Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, and Justus Sheffield). He’s a shortstop by trade, a plus-plus runner with bat speed but limited power, showing the arm and agility to play short but not the consistency. Mateo returned to high-A Tampa this year and sulked, hitting .240/.288/.400 while repeating the level but has been on fire since he got to Double-A Trenton, hitting .300/.381/.525 and actually playing harder. The Yankees thought he might end up in center field given his speed and the inconsistency he showed at short, although I don’t think he has to move immediately.

    James Kaprielian came into the season as my No. 28 prospect in baseball, but the on-and-off elbow problems he had last year resulted in Tommy John surgery that will keep him out until the spring.

    When healthy, he’s a potential No. 1 starter, with a fastball regularly up to 97, a plus slider and an above-average changeup. He didn’t throw that hard in college, but his velocity ticked up in pro ball, after which his elbow started barking. TJ surgery isn’t automatic — around 15 percent of pitchers don’t come all the way back or don’t come back at all — but I think it’s worth the risk for Oakland here given how good Kaprielian has looked when healthy.

    If Dustin Fowler’s name is familiar to non-Yankee fans, it’s because he blew out his knee in his first major league game before getting to the plate.

    He has a solid mix of tools across the board, with above-average speed and power and the range to play center field. He has above-average bat speed but is too aggressive at the plate, never posting an OBP over .334 (in 2015) at any stop. I do think he can play center, and maybe even be an above-average overall player even with the low walk rates given the bat speed and power. I had him 10th in the system coming into this deal.


    August 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

  5. A rough game to watch,almost a replay of the Sunday loss to the Rays. Seems they just couldn’t get the one hit they needed to get the job done. I think Didi should be batting 3rd especially vs righties,he is just killing the ball. Have to light candles for Tanaka today,who knows which Tanaka will show up. Saw the
    sux/Indians game,just incredible game,it was a true femway special.


    August 2, 2017 at 9:21 am

    • Hey big d yeah rough night

      I thought Boston was sunk
      3 times last night

      Light candles I’ll do the same lol


      August 2, 2017 at 10:08 am

  6. Sal–I read the Marchand article. He made some points about Girardi that others refuse to. Such as the overall team failure in the past four years and Joey’s list of excuses. Thanks for posting the article.
    I was thinking yesterday about the high degree of excitement and universal interest everyone seems to have this past week about the game of baseball. Fans, media, and players themselves are totally into all that has happened at the trade deadline and now the final 50-60 game push to the post season. It is a great time of the year.
    Except for one absolute bogus and self serving shithead. Instead of “being there” for everyone who wants to drink in all they can about baseball, Mikey has been and is once again on vacation. He is at Saratoga, studying the Daily racing Form, betting thousands on the horses, and is doing a radio broadcast from there on Friday when he “works” his one day in forever. Less that 1% of his audience wants to hear this “Horse” shit, yet he gets away with it. How does that happen?


    August 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

    • Hey Noogsie yes good article
      it’s what’s needed to get the ball rolling Cyborg will look good in his White Sox laundry how many rings do they have well know his number then

      Mikey the milkman has completely checked out
      Glad we have the fun house to monitor him, his shows are unlistenable

      And yes he should be diving into the pennant race
      I had Dog on my phone app and his show has fire and energy

      Mikey’s going out on the bottom
      Good stuff Noogsie thanks


      August 2, 2017 at 3:40 pm

  7. Fascinating Sal,, i thiught ESPN only covered the Cardinals & the Cubs lolol


    August 2, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    • Donny each team has their own espn coverage

      My Boston bud c&p it for us it’s a subs only article

      The Gray article not the Girardi one that’s the NYY best guy


      August 2, 2017 at 3:43 pm

  8. Kay needs to stop with the he’s getting his walks BS
    Judge is lost

    he made his bones hitting the ball hard to all fields

    If the middle of the line up doesn’t wake up
    Getting Sonny for this yr was a waste of some good prospects
    Although they needed a pitcher for next year


    August 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    • Holliday and Judge have been
      murderers row, fellas they been killing the Yanks


      August 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm

  9. Good job By the middle wrecking crew


    August 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    • And our hottest hitter pops up

      $13m AB for Holliday


      August 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

  10. Ouch looks like Cash needed a bat at the deadline


    August 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

  11. ( i was joking, Unc,, )


    August 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    • lol gotcha donny


      August 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

  12. TWO batting coaches and yet NO ONE CAN FUCKING HIT IN THE CLUTCH !!
    They need a cardiac surgeon to transolant some friggin 💜💜💜💜💜


    August 2, 2017 at 8:55 pm

  13. Ninja Cashman, as they like to call him on RAB because heis so stealth and swoops down, outsmarting all other General Managers, has a 22 Million Dollar per year pinch runner who can’t play defense and throws a ball 150 feet maximum.
    He can’t hit, but Cano can.


    August 2, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    • Noogsie the King of Queens, him calling Joey Votto “dreamy” is still stuck in my craw, not that there is anything wrong with the fact he would like to buy curtains and a king size bed for himself and Votto’s apartment does a good job of gathering intel… Time = research= a ton of useless stats…

      That crew he has posting over there are kool aid clowns so it doesn’t surprise me when they want to carry Cashman around like Rudy

      Cashman is another genius like Girardi… every yr they have $200M plus to work with and they have 1 ring, Cashman is going on 17 years…. Ben Cherington was a GM for 5 minutes has as many as Cashman, and lets not even put Sabean for the Giants in the conversation


      August 3, 2017 at 5:06 am

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