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Yanks Roll Cleveland 2-1

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The Yanks conjured up  the magic elixir for a win, Good pitching, great defense, and at least two  timely hits, it’s all  they  needed to  squeak by Tito’s Indians 2-1.. The W snapped a 4 game losing streak, and with  some luck the possibility of a series split

Considering how good the Cleveland pitching looks and how bad the Bomber offense has been trending, a split would be a God send…

Severino gives the Yanks some hope for a well pitched game today, he’ll face Carlos Carrasco, who  blew a 5-0 lead to  Boston in his last outing.. The Indians offense mugged Chris Sale for 5 quick  runs, and Carrasco gave it all back before the warpaint dried….. After throwing batting practice for Boston, let’s see if  Carlos morphs into Cy Young like the 3 previous Cleveland starters in this  series.

The Yanks terribly bad hitting streak made this a 5 Tums, 3 cocktails, 2 spliff game, and that was just Clothesline Chapman’s 9th inning circus…

At the moment the Yanks have only one .304 hitter in the starting line up, Gregorius who was batting cleanup yesterday…Sitting in third place behind Judge’s .299, is their utility player Ron Torreyes .288..

In  any  modern era analytics department,  batting average is like showing a homemade fake ID at a bar when  you’re a 15 year old  kid…NG

According to “sabermatricians,” batting average doesn’t necessarily lead to runs, and RBIs are skewed by the amount of baserunners a hitter has the opportunity to knock in and therefore, aren’t valid indicators of run production.

I don’t know, the best  way  to  score runs is getting base hits, take it up  with the score keeper if some hits are skewed based on shoddy  defense..If nobody loads the turnip  truck how can the driver make a delivery?…..

And the RBI is a composite stat per the sabermatician, so  a player’s total RBI count depends on how often  his teammates get on base…….

It all makes sense if you spin it enough times, but find me the player who has a knack  for cleaning the bases and I’ll pick him when  we’re choosing sides..

How many missed opportunities with RISP have we seen over the recent losing streak ? The Yankees prior to last night  were 3-26 (.115) with RISP in the month of August… Yesterday  they were juggernauts going  1 for 4, which puts them at  4 for 30 this month, so the needle moved to .133 !

Don’t let that  bother you, remember batting average and RBI’s are irrelevant…

What Happened

 Pitching and defense won this game… Montgomery on the verge of reacquainting himself with Frankie Cervelli’s 1985 Oldsmobile in SWB, probably  pitched his way back onto  the roster as a long man out of the pen,? Unless they  decide to keep  him stretched out at AAA ? Sneaky Joe wouldn’t tell us..

5 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, a Santana Tater that  tied the game 1-1, no Walks, 7 K’s…

He was missing bats, ( 10 whiffs, 9 on the curve ball) but still managed to only throw 65 pitches..

5th inning guy

Joey Buttons had 3 fresh  weapons in the pen just  waiting to get worn down so he yanked the kid…. Montgomery ain’t Sandy Koufax so yeah / no, whatever, it’s excessive but it worked…

Ken Davidoff who most likely isn’t traveling with the team, wasn’t so  sure Joey pushed the right buttons on this move?? He’s also  the writer stirring the Sanchez is too  fat pot….

No worries on that take, Cashman  assured Ken that it’s all muscle…. 10  pounds of it, for anybody keeping score, and that’s why his agility  is a bit compromised and why he looks like the dude in the “I pick tings up  and put zem  down”  commercial when he’s behind the plate..

Joey Buttons figured WTF I’m in Tito’s back yard, so I’m gonna deploy my version of Andrew Miller in the 6th inning… It looked good on paper turning Frankie Lindor around to  the left side, but at  the moment Lindor could hit standing on his head and he greeted D-Rob with a noisy single.. It wasn’t a cake walk, Brantley also got a knock,  but Houdini escaped the 6th, dominated the 7th, a 28 pitch  total,  and Joey Buttons was temporarily exonerated

Joey patience

Betances was a monster in the 8th, he blew his 3 batters away on 14 pitches, 2 punch outs… Normally when a pitcher has his Plus stuff, and he scares the BeJesus out of a line-up  you’d run him out there for another inning, but Joey Buttons has a closer by Jesus and “this is how we’re built”

ClothesLine Chapman is no longer the boogey man… When he came out of the Closer Shop in Cincinnati, he was a rare 100 MPH monster with a few fringe secondary pitches…

In 2017 mostly everybody  has a smart phone, everybody has at least one worry, and everybody in baseball has at least  1 or 3 guys who  throw 100 MPH plus….

Chapman somehow managed to  secure a 5 yr $85M contract, that’s like selling a load of wet pine fire wood for the same price you’d get  for a load of dried oak.. For the non  wood stove aficionado, wet or any  pine will burn your house down in 3 days….

Chappy almost burned the Bombers first  8 innings of proficiency down to  the ground, but the Gardfather made a circus catch robbing Jose Ramirez, and Torreyes put on his best Jerry Rice imitation and robbed Encarnacion of a single by laying out for a great  catch

Both plays came on the heels of Brantley hitting a very loud lead off single to open the 9th inning

Chapman with only a clothesline fast ball to work with after his slider wouldn’t obey his command, ran  a 3-2 count to  the dangerous Carlos Santana, Oy Vey como va...

Santana missed a game tying double by inches during this battle, then finally fell on his sword when Chappy dropped his only decent off speed pitch on the outside corner  for the window shopping punch out that  ended the damn game..

Hit  and Run 

The Yanks keep  hitting and scoring runs simple these days, less is more…

The Bombers mounted a rally in the first inning before Salazar got in rhythm… The Gardfather led off with a walk, Judge poked a 1 out single, Gregorius missed a Tater by 6 inches, settled for an RBI double, an with  1 out men on 2nd and 3rd, Sanchez had a chance to erase all  the bad from his previous games mishaps behind the plate

He watched strike 3 go by, and we watched pinch runner / catcher’s interference expert Jake Ellsbury sink the rally with an F/8

The Yanks flailed away  at Salazer from that point until he finished his day’s work with 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 BB, 1 run, 12 K’s

Chase Headley with one out in the 8th greeted reliever Zach McAllister’s 2nd lazy curve ball with the barrel of his bat for a Ballantine Blast that proved to be the winning run.

2B: Gregorius 2 (16, Salazar 2)
HR: Headley (6, 8th inning off McAllister 0 on, 1 Out)
RBI: Gregorius (54), Headley (43)
GIDP: Ellsbury
Yankees RISP: 1-4 (Sánchez 0-1, Gregorius 1-1, Ellsbury 0-2)
Team LOB: 6

4 through 9 in the line-up went 0-17 with 9 of the 15 K’s

This and That

Yankees designated hitter Matt Holliday is expected to go on the 10-day disabled list for the second time this season with a lower back issue that manager Joe Girardi described as a “tweak.”

Aaron Judge was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Indians on Saturday. Judge has struck out 141 times this season and is on pace to become the first rookie in major league history – in addition to becoming the first Yankees player – with 200 strikeouts.

Highest BA in AL Since Break: Jose Altuve .417 Andrelton Simmons .373 Mike Trout .368 Francisco Lindor .353 Chase Headley .346

Yankees: 3-1 in last 4 games decided by 1 run. 9-19 in their first 28 games decided by 1 run this season.

the Whole 9

the YES Men


Written by Sal

August 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

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  1. Carry that load

    Didi Gregorius is hitting .350 (14-40) with RISP since June 12.

    Mike Axisa‏Verified account

    Ellsbury is going to go down as the worst free agent signing in Yankees history and it ain’t even close.

    At least we’re in good company on that take… ninja Mikey 2 chins has finally come clean on the DoughBoy


    August 6, 2017 at 8:28 am

  2. Carlos Santana, Oy Vey como va…..
    Fucking brilliant!!!

    Regarding another topic, Sabermaticians.
    While I accept some of their theory’s on measuring a players performance, NOBODY can tell me that BA & RBI’s don’t matter. You can try to minimize their worth in advocating that argument, but they ain’t sold me.
    I’ll ALWAYS take the guy who has a knack & history of getting the big hit when the money’s on the table

    Bonds couldn’t do it in the WS. Outside of ’09, Arod had his troubles in big spots (WS).
    But guys like Jeter, Bernie (especially in the playoffs) usually came thru in those situations.
    So, in those situations I’m going by my gut, & history, & putting up THAT guy.

    So, to Sabermaticians who say BA & RBI’s aren’t part of measuring someone’s worth, I say fuck you, you don’t know WTF you’re talking about


    August 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    • Great stuff Bonzi

      man all judge he keeps chasing those outside sliders can’t tell me that homerun derby didn’t open him up to pull damn

      Noogsie’s neighbor Brantley man what a ballplayer
      Boston knocked this guy around like a ragdoll five days ago now he looks like Cy Young


      August 6, 2017 at 1:38 pm

  3. Nunez another homerun
    we get the Toddfather and they get Luca Brasi
    Blind boy Cashman and is MIT analytics department, nice job fellas


    August 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm

  4. Tito thanks for putting the tomato can in right field great job
    the doughboyski his monthly big hit


    August 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    • Wow that was a great home run by Judge and the ball was caught by future ex mrs Moscone’s son


      August 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

  5. Sal–quick styory about Brantley–his father, Mickey grew up in the projects in Catskill, NY, was always a nice and well liked kid who went to the local community college and then transferred to Coastal Carolina from which he got drafted after graduation. He married a local girl and Michael was born a few years later when he was with the Mariners. Mickey. had a good year or two, but not a great career. He once did have a three homer game when he played for Seattle. He was a hitting coach for the Mets and for Toronto for a time. Mickey was the good local black athlete in town. The bad local black athlete was Tyson. They knew each other but never hung out.
    Michael never had ties to Catskill but is idolized there because of his father. The family settled in Florida which is where Michael grew up. I heard Kay or Singleton say it today, but knew that he was a throw in to the trade, sending CC to Milwaukee from the Indians.
    The kid has worked very hard to improve himself. Has a quick, short stroke, but has been injury prone. Good when he is healthy and signed a team friendly contract with the Indians a few years back.
    He is about 30 and from all appearance, keeps his nose clean. Is married with kids


    August 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    • Great story Noogsie thanks man
      He’s a great player


      August 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

  6. Hey Sally Boy, you KNOW how much I like Brantley!!
    His bugaboo is that he can’t stay on the field, but a wonderful ball player .
    Been watching Da Judge. You’re right. Getting him out with breaking stuff down & away.
    But, he ain’t the only one. Since hitting Cleveland, multiple guys are succumbing to that same strategy.
    SanBino, Judge, & others have fallen for the same tease.
    The Doughboy & is got lucky. That was a very catchable ball. But, a big hit nonetheless.
    Headless made a pact with the Devil. Soon to turn into a 56 yr old Joe Hardy.


    August 6, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    • Moscone you’re hundred percent right and that was great watching Judge do what he just did
      Meanwhile Severino looks like Pedro Martinez


      August 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm

  7. Dept. @YankeesPR
    Following today’s game, the @Yankees optioned LHP Jordan Montgomery to @swbrailriders.


    August 6, 2017 at 8:18 pm

  8. Monty down


    August 6, 2017 at 8:39 pm

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