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10/3: Coin 'Flip' Game

Discussion in '2018 Yankees Game Threads' started by jon abbey, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    I know everyone here is too young to remember, but last generation, the Yankees won a lot of World Series and in the process they won eleven straight postseason series at one point (from '98 through 2001). The tenth of these was in the first round (ALDS) against an A's wild card team who had just finished a remarkable second half and involved the below play, maybe the most memorable of Derek Jeter's career:

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    This was quickly labelled 'the flip play' and was deeply traumatizing for the A's franchise as you can see from this quote 13 years later, when Jeter was retiring:

    "the A's have opted to skip past the flip play when they roll their own video tribute to Jeter on Sunday. As A's vice president of sales and marketing Jim Leahey told the San Francisco Chronicle, the Coliseum video has "conspicuously eliminated all references to that play.""

    https://www.mlb.com/yankees/news/fl...onic-moment-in-derek-jeters-career/c-79619840

    So today we try to add to OAK's history of playoff frustration at the hands of NY. This is NY's third appearance in the coin flip game in four years. In 2015, they were beaten by HOU and Dallas Keuchel, and in 2017, they came back from down 3-0 in the top of the first to win 8-4, bailing out Severino with 8 2/3 innings of superb relief behind him, so they are 1-1, all three games in the Bronx.

    Today we have the return of Severino in a bit of a surprise against Johnny Wholestaff for OAK, kicking off with Liam Hendriks for an inning. Both teams will of course aggressively use their bullpens to counteract the best road hitting team in baseball (OAK) and the team who just set the alltime HR hitting record (NY) respectively.

    One exciting thing for NY is that this will be only the 5th time they have been able to start these nine hitters (Sanchez, Voit, Torres, Didi, Andujar, McCutchen, Hicks, Judge, Stanton) and in the first four they averaged 7.5 runs per game, scoring 27 runs in 3 games versus Boston. SSS, yes, but promising, especially if they manage to survive and advance tonight.

    8 PM.
     
    #1 jon abbey, Oct 2, 2018
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  2. ThePrideofShiner

    ThePrideofShiner spooky action from a distance SoSH Member

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    I'm already nervous about the offense getting shut down. Praying we get good Severino.
     
  3. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    The problem with the bullpen strategy that the A's are rolling is that it makes this less likely to happen. Justin Verlander with shutdown stuff for 140 pitches is not walking through the door tomorrow. Hendricks could be lights out for two innings to open the game tomorrow, but the Yankees will be able to get a crack at six more pitchers who may not have their best stuff tomorrow.

    The porch is short. Voit has muscles. Balls will fly.

    I predict a wild one.
     
  4. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Another Hawaii time post from me after a night of drinking.

    Our flawed but talented team has all they need to win a championship. We have seen them play bored and we’ve seen them dominate with excitement. Every great player on this team has struggled this year in their own way and most have dealt with injuries. We have unbelievable defense at SS, strong outfield defense, and trash at 3B. Sanchez could be heating up, he certainly looks like it. Anyone who says they know how Chapman will perform is lying. Voit is a treat to watch. He gets excited over little things and I think he takes pressure off the rest of the team. Our rookies this year bring an element to our offense that we didn’t have last year. Yes, we specialize in power, but Torres and Andujar are totally different offensive players from Stanton, Sanchez, and Judge. McCutcheon gets on base like a beast and I think that he could shine in the postseason if we beat Oakland.

    But here we are. A single game elimination, something that makes no sense for baseball but we’ve dealt with three times. No bitching about it, let’s just win and beat teams we are supposed to.
     
  5. ThePrideofShiner

    ThePrideofShiner spooky action from a distance SoSH Member

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    Wow, no Greg Bird on the roster. How far has he fallen?
     
  6. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

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    In inverse proportion to how high Luke Voit is flying. Crash landing.

    No excuses for anything tonight. If the Yanks lose, Oakland is the better team. I am so impressed with this year's playoff field. The A's won 97 games this season, more than anyone in the other league. Tampa won 90 games and never smelled the playoffs.
     
  7. VORP Speed

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    I would like to go to some playoff games this year, so go Yankees, I guess.

    Also, A’s using an opener and a bullpen game is bugging me.

    Voit hits 2 bombs. NYY 7 OAK 3.
     
  8. rembrat

    rembrat Well-Known Member Bronze Supporter SoSH Member

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    I, too, will be pulling for the Yankees. I need some Red Sox v Yankees postseason back in my life.
     
  9. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    I am definitely feeling a bit better about this after a rem post here. First one all season?
     
  10. jon abbey

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    Interesting Fangraphs piece that rates NY as the best team going into the postseason, calculated two different ways. Obviously they were not the best team all season but factoring in acquisitions (Voit, McCutchen. Happ, Britton) and guys coming back from injuries, they have a ton of talent on the postseason roster.

    https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/rating-all-the-playoff-teams-2/
     
  11. EvilEmpire

    EvilEmpire Dope Staff Member Dope

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    I'm both excited and hopeful, but man do I hate these wildcard games.
     
  12. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Taking 3 catchers and Wade is a good glimpse into the late-game strategy. They will be pinch running for Sanchez and it will likely be Wade.
     
  13. jon abbey

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    Lineup as expected:

    McCutchen LF
    Judge RF
    Hicks CF
    Stanton DH
    Voit 1B
    Gregorius SS
    Andujar 3B
    Sanchez C
    Torres 2B
     
  14. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    That is a monster lineup win no excuses. Score runs and win.
     
  15. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    The A's have lost seven straight winner-take-all postseason games, going back to 2000.
     
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  17. ThePrideofShiner

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    Work is dragging today. Man do I love (and hate) playoff games.
     
  18. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    This really seems like wishful thinking to me. It is literally true (Severino was a genuine ace for a season and a half through the start of July) but we have not seen true peak Severino in three months.

    "Boone on using his bullpen tonight: "We’ll be aggressive if we feel we need to. But if Sevy’s dealing, I could very easily see him going very deep into this game. If Sevy’s pitching well, he’s probably the best pitcher on the field tonight.""
     
  19. jon abbey

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    This is also interesting/a bit surprising, Terry was right about this and I was wrong:

    "Per Boone, Chapman is the guy in the ninth if the Yankees have a lead to protect."
     
  20. crow216

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    I agree but mostly because they will pull him very quickly in the 5th or 6th if let’s a couple runners on. He won’t get opportunities to work out of it. I do think that Severino is in the verge of being his ace-self again, but he just might not get that opportunity this year.
     
  21. terrynever

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    My main takeaway is increased usage of the slider makes Chapman more effective. He put the extra time off to good use. Britton's control issues scare me.
     
  22. ThePrideofShiner

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    Plus, Britton seems more likely to be able to be used in a swing/Andrew Miller type role. Chapman is more suited to the end of the game.
     
  23. NJ_Sox_Fan

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    Rooting of course for Oakland, but in my heart I know the Yanks win this fairly easily.

    Ridiculous that Torres is your #9 hitter.
     
  24. ThePrideofShiner

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    I'm predicting Oakland 7, Yankees 4. Piscotty two homers.
     
  25. ThePrideofShiner

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    Severino looks filthy.
     
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    Nice top half.

    Severino apparently with something to prove.
     
  27. Sampo Gida

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    Severino has his A game going against the A’s
     
  28. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    Pretty big game tonight.

    Where is rem?
     
  29. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    Is Guiliani sitting next to Michael Chiklis?
     
  30. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Fucking A.
     
  31. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    So this is gonna be fun.
     
  32. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    the definition of rising to the occasion
     
  33. EvilEmpire

    EvilEmpire Dope Staff Member Dope

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    Good start.
     
  34. luckiestman

    luckiestman Son of the Harpy SoSH Member

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    Nice start.
     
  35. Hello

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    #ALLRISE
     
  36. ThePrideofShiner

    ThePrideofShiner spooky action from a distance SoSH Member

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    That ball was crushed.
     
  37. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    As I said, Melvin got too cute with this bullpen plan in a wild card game. He is gonna pay for it.
     
  38. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    It’s early but the stadium energy is high and if Severino has another quick one, I’m gonna feel reallllly good
     
  39. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Come on Luis, don’t lose your rhythm.
     
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  41. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    Christian Bale as Dick Cheney approves

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  42. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    Nice start to the inning.
     
  43. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    I like bullpen games so far.
     
  44. streeter88

    streeter88 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Wow. The moment almost seems too big for the Oakland staff.

    At this rate, OAK likely to lose 14-2.
     
  45. terrynever

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    It has been 30 years since Eck changed the way games were closed out. He does not seem to approve of this latest tweak.
     
  46. DeadlySplitter

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    I keep wondering why Torres is #9, then I see maybe he's hit the rookie wall in some of these ABs.
     
  47. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Trivino has sick stuff, he probably gets another inning.
     
  48. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Yes, exactly.
     
  49. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Oakland is doing such a good job laying off outside sliders.
     
  50. Wingack

    Wingack Yankee Mod Dope SoSH Member

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    Lots of pitches from Sevy so far.
     

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