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Rain of Terror

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Well  the Yanks got themselves 4 new pitchers, not much offense but  one decent defensive third baseman from Toms River NJ, and a vote of confidence from the front office, but maybe what  they  really needed was a new weather man?

Not even Mr G could save the wet newspaper hitting NY Yankees yesterday as the Tee Time Tigers for the 2nd day in a row beat  the We Are the Champions Yankees with a starting  pitcher sporting a 5 Plus ERA and a default closer Cashman  flipped for 2 failed starters..

That’s some playoff team  you have there Cash

As if the 4-3 loss on Tuesday night wasn’t bad enough, the second of two  debacles took over 7 hours, 2 rain delays, (one real, one virtual), and it all  went for naught

The Bombers couldn’t Buy or Trade for a clutch hit losing in excruciating fashion 2-0.. The one bright spot, they  didn’t lose another game by 1 run….

Tick Tanak Tick Tanak

Tick tock Tick tock, is  that the sound of Miss-a-hero Tanaka’s opt out clock ?

After a dizzyingly bad first half of the season Tanaka pitched to  a 3.84 ERA in July, and in this what have you done for me lately sport, he tossed his career best  game on July 28th vs a division rival..

8 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 BB’s, 14 K’s, 1 HR

Yesterday Tanaka PM needed to  ramp up his day at 1:05 PM, and if you’re on Tanaka time that’s a dangerous time slot in 2017

Before yesterday Tanaka on a baseball  field and daylight didn’t mix

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

smarter joe

Joey Buttons made an excuse of course, I stopped listening after the first  one which stated, Yes he was bad, but they  were the first  two  outings on April……

Like the night before when the I’m Smart and you’re  not so Eat Shit  Joey was whining about  a Yankee Stadium HR off Sabathia, day games in April  should only count if he’s on the winning side, or if it pads his bull  shit narrative..

Tanaka didn’t get his wake up  call until the 4th  batter of the game, and at  that point he punched out the side… Unfortunately the first  3 Tigers had studied the scouting report and Kinsler single, Adduci single and Upton RBI double, greeted Tanaka PM rather rudely

The hit trifecta plated the only run Detroit would need with the Bomber offense already loitering around the airport check in counter on get away  day

Just because they  could, the Tigers scored an unearned run in the 4th when pinch runner / catcher’s interference expert, the Investment Firm  Jacoby and  Ellsbury misplayed a line drive single, then bobbled it enough times to allow the 2nd run to  score… The crooked number was an unearned run on Tanaka’s opt out report card

In between the late wake up  call in the first inning, and the mess he and Ellsbury conjured up in the 4th, he was the $23M Tanaka #HalCare paid for..

He hurled a 1-2-3 2nd, gave up  a double in the 3rd, a 2 out walk ended up scoring on the error in the 4th, over the last 7 batters he faced only V-Mart reached on a 2 out  double in the 6th inning

6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned, 1 BB, 6 K’s 100-64 pitches … He’s managed to  drop his ERA to  4.93….

It was Tanaka’s 22nd start of the season, if he stays healthy and keeps shrinking the bad numbers while increasing the good ones over the next 8 to  10  starts, opting out of his remaining 3 years $67M contract  becomes a distinct possibility?

The question will then become, if Tanaka can  pitch  to  a low 3 ERA, and you’re not worried about his elbow falling off,  is $23M for a starter of his caliber worth it?

If Sonny Gray  who is under team  control for 2 more years after 2017 pitches as advertised, he could be Tanaka’s replacement and #HalCare will  have some extra dough melting off his $197M spending cap

Gray is making $3.75, his arbitration number is expected to  be around $7M plus in 2018, increased to  $11M plus in 2019…. Of course that  could all change, but if you want to hitch  up  the cart before the horse that’s what I’ve read is his projected salary

Tommy Co  Kahnle pitched a clean 7th, and Betances tossed 2 scoreless after the long delay,,

D-Bet’s first inning of relief was an Immaculate Conception 9 pitch  3 punch out frame…. Betances has taken to  this new bull pen like a bear  to  a bird feeder..

Hit and No Run

Here’s a thought on Deadline Ninja Cashman, unless he had to take Todd Frazier in the Robertson / Kahnle deal, Eddie Nunez has given Boston the offensive jolt they desperately needed, and at the moment his offensive spark  would looked  a lot better then the struggling Toddfather..

Nunez is also  a free agent so  there is no  commitment after this season… Now if you couldn’t stomach Nunez’s defense at  3rd base that’s another story, Frazier has made some nice plays guarding the hot corner, plus he talks like Tony Soprano, and that in itself might be “enough a reason” to have him hanging around for 2 months..

Judge is the guy  taking a beating from the media, they’re a little late, but they  were too  busy chasing the flavor of the month so it’s a bit tedious to hear / read them jump on the bandwagon..

Not to get redundant, despite it being one of my better qualities, Paul Swag King  O’Neill made himself useful by kicking over the YES Kool Aid bucket and not hiding  the fact Judge has been swinging through very hittable pitches..

Judge a very smart and likable young man,  (It was also  a good idea for him  to  pop his head into  the room after avoiding the press on Tuesday night), picked up  the O’Neill fumble and ran with the same narrative at his post game presser… 

“We weren’t able to get that big hit when we needed it,” Judge said after the Yankees went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position against Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann (7-8) and two relievers. “We had a couple chances with guys in scoring position — a couple guys in scoring position — and we just weren’t able to capitalize. They were able to make pitches.”

 That  was Judge’s Jetarian Swing at  the media, it gave them  what  they needed to  finish an article dead-line..

He also threw in  dessert, and  the main ingredients to his recent slump

“Just missing my pitch,” he said. “When you get your pitch, you can’t miss it, especially in this league. That’s the only difference I’m seeing.”

Of course nobody but Judge can  correct his problem, he can have some mechanical flaws pointed out, like “opening up his shoulders”  “pulling his head away” “not swinging through the ball”  “trying to  pull  everything”, but only #99 can  go back  to not chasing sliders away and fast balls up

500 foot HR’s are kool for Rob Manfred’s Exit Velocity / Launch  Angle millennial demographic, but it ain’t helping the Bombers offense on a daily basis..

Judge and Sanchez set up  the best  scenario for the Yanks to plate some runs in the 6th inning

Judge singled to left center.
Sánchez doubled to left, Judge to third.
Gregorius popped out to shortstop.
Holliday flied out to center.
Headley struck out swinging.

Unfortunately 2 of the Bombers hottest hitters followed the Judge and Sanchez attempted jump start, but the game sped up on Gregorius and Holliday, Headley was screwed by the home plate umpire, before Zimmermann finally punched him out to  end the biggest  threat of the day  for the Bombers

0-9 with RISP should be all  the intel  you need to know

2B: Headley (25, Zimmermann); Sánchez (14, Zimmermann)
Yankees RISP: 0-9 (Sánchez 0-2, Holliday 0-1, Headley 0-1, T. Frazier 0-1, Gregorius 0-2, Judge 0-2)
Team LOB: 8

SB: Ellsbury (15, 2nd base off Zimmermann/McCann)

E: Ellsbury (3, bobble)

Tonight in Cleveland Sonny Gray  vs Das Kluber 

Boston  opens a series with the White Sox so  the Yanks blew a big chance to pad/ keep  their lead in the division by losing a series to  the Tigers…Not exactly what Cashman  was looking for after reinforcing the troops

the Whole 9

the YES Men



Written by Sal

August 3, 2017 at 7:47 am

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  1. No offense to these football mook/ fanboys like the dudes the Met Mutts have on the Bummer and Cartoon show this morning, but if the pundit says take all this with a bag of salt why are they wasting time talking about it?

    it’s fucking baseball season fucking Sonny fucking Gray is pitching tonight

    please not Ira from Staten Island, and is Paul dude he should stop hyperventilating take it easy dude go smell a jockstrap


    August 3, 2017 at 8:17 am

  2. I say again
    TWO hitting coaches and NO ONE can hit in the clutch.
    #15 is turning over in his grave
    Monument Park is crying


    August 3, 2017 at 9:24 am

    • Donny they could have 10 batting coaches
      Look who fixed Severino, Pedro
      Judge and the boys will have to fix themselves


      August 3, 2017 at 11:09 am

  3. Seriously, exit velocity/launch angle??
    Who gives a fuck???

    I drive around the city, in & out of the car all day. It’s the fucking baseball season. Yet, every time I try to listen to the 2 major sports talk stations, it’s constant football & hoops chatter!!
    It’s really gotten ridiculous. They spend a few minutes on baseball, & the rest on the the afromentioned. Between the 2 stations, I would say that Mkay does the most baseball, but hell, he’s the lead Yankee announcer on Yes, so why the fuck not?

    Either way, I don’t last long on these stations. Sooner than not, it’s always a return to football as the main topic. And I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the sport. Even in season.

    In those moments, I’ll put on “Waiting For Columbus”, & listen to Richie play the drums…


    August 3, 2017 at 9:30 am

    • Bondsie that’s a good alternative
      Listening to Ricardo

      My guess the Mets are out if it so these guys are in FB mode already

      Mlbtv maybe whacks them

      But in reality FB is king gambling fantasy smash mouth sport lack of young folks having any attention span


      August 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

  4. Sal

    August 3, 2017 at 1:03 pm

  5. Hey Ssl
    Looking at Progressive Field Marquee i was remembering a day into night there with you and the men when it was The Jake!!!!
    Even bought you a ballcap 😊😊😊


    August 3, 2017 at 8:29 pm

  6. Three fucking hits
    Three fucking errors
    Tip your cap night — NOT


    August 3, 2017 at 9:44 pm

  7. Sal

    August 4, 2017 at 1:27 am


    Good spot with Flash about Sanchez and Judge and Frazier

    Too bad Torres got hurt
    Too bad they hurried Castro back
    Good depth would help
    Wade has a chance to make a statement he doesn’t have Mateo breathing down his neck anymore


    August 4, 2017 at 10:53 am

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