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10/6: Tanaka vs. Price

Discussion in '2018 Yankees Game Threads' started by terrynever, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

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    Game 2 features two quality starters in the first pivotal contest of this five-game series. Neither team can afford to lose this one.
    Tanaka can be tough in pressure situations. Price has been pitching so well since June, it is hard to see him screwing up. Big advantage to the Yanks if they can run up Price's pitch count and limit him to five innngs. Boston's bullpen lived up to its shaky rep in Game 1 when Chris Sale departed after 5.1 innings.
    That first game told us some things we already know. JD Martinez gets some big hits. And while Mookie Betts is a great player, Aaron Judge can turn a game with one swing of his bat. His home run in the ninth inning off Craig Kimbrel had players in both dugouts shaking their heads. Mookie got turned around chasing the ball, which sliced into the bullpen.
    This is what we want from both teams. Extraordinary effort by great players in pressure situations. May the best team win. May the team with the best pitching win.
     
  2. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    The winner of this game wins the series, I think. Hopefully Hicks is OK, fingers crossed.
     
  3. Brand Name

    Brand Name thinks there's no 'i' in denial Staff Member Dope Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Dan Bellino, this game's HP umpire, is very much a pitcher's guy. 79th of 89 by ERA (3.70), and a slash line of .218/.285/.389 for batters. This is from my guy Adam, does some ump and historical pieces on RAB every now and again.

    For the Yankees to win, I think they'll need to especially show some power, which as the late game showed Friday evening, is absolutely possible. Stanton becomes just that much more critical. Have to think this kind of umpire, as much as that's possible, favors the Yankees, given how hard Price is hit against this club, and conversely how much it aids Tanaka. Given that, I do think the Yankees take this game. Was more impressed with their efforts than I thought I'd be last night, especially the Hicks at-bat for New York's second hit of the game.
     
  4. terrynever

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    Okay. Before we start stewing over tonight's game, a few impressions of last night's contest.
    It was a great opening act for what we hope is an epic series between two really good baseball teams. Hard to watch at first because Boston came out throwing haymakers, Game 1 settled into something tense and riveting, right down to the final pitch.
    This is what I will remember:
    -- JD smashing a cutter on the inside of the plate, almost like he knew the location before Happ threw the 2-0 pitch. That's the type of swing you want a home run hitter to make in that count.
    -- Judge getting "inside" of a Kimbrel breaking ball and hammering it to right center. When Judge hits something up in the air, you always think there is a chance it will go out. But this is Fenway Park. Mookie raced back and then seemed to get turned around as the ball sliced into the bullpen. Mookie didn't have enough time to get back to the fence, that's how hard Judge hit the ball. Yankee fans see this all the time.
    -- Mookie loping over into the corner for a basket catch and quick throw to first where he just missed doubling the runner off first. If you are too young to have seen Clemente defend right field, Mookie gave a fair impression.
    -- Benny's drag bunt single. Almost unfair.
    -- The Yankee bullpen totally shutting down Boston after Chad Green let two inherited runners score. And this was without using the two power guys, Betances and Chapman.
    -- From a Yankee fan's perspective, this game was about missed opportunities at the plate, about 10 stranded runners, about the two rookies getting jumpy in their first road playoff game. And Stanton failing in two big situations.
    Hitting coach Marcus Thames said later that the experience will benefit Gleyber and Miggie. How long will it take to sink in? Probably when they get back home.
    Stanton's fate is tied to the gaping holes in his swing. If a pitcher makes his pitch, Stanton will swing and miss. He may also fail to hit mistake pitches. Bad guy to come up with the bases loaded, nobody out, and the other team in the lead.
    -- Home field is so important. Boston used the emotion of its fans to start fast, almost the way a college hoops team will feed off its crowd. But the Yankees settled down and were the aggressor for the final four innings.
    So that was Game 1. Most of us are just killing time until tonight's opening pitch at 8:20 p.m.
    By the way, Houston is easily as scary and talented as Boston. We would be just as upset if last night's opponent were the Astros. But it's fun to play Boston after 14 years. Fun, exhausting, frustrating. It's everything.
     
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  5. ThePrideofShiner

    ThePrideofShiner spooky action from a distance SoSH Member

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    Where was Coup last night?

    I have to work during the first half of this one which will hopefully curtail my anger a bit.
     
  6. DeadlySplitter

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    I'm curious, do you think both Yankee Stadium games will easily go to the Yanks? we just need a split to either get it back to Sale or clinch the series, depending on tonight.

    Severino was missing his spots in the WC game, OAK just missed a lot of them. Good but hittable. And it's either the corpse of Sabathia, who you hope gives you another vintage postseason outing, or Happ on short rest in gm 4.
     
  7. terrynever

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    The respective offenses make every game a toss up, IMO.
     
  8. EvilEmpire

    EvilEmpire Dope Staff Member Dope

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    From start to finish, this is a great post. Thanks Terry.
     
  9. SemperFidelisSox

    SemperFidelisSox suzyn SoSH Member

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    Agreed. Red Sox need this game more than the Yankees given the pitching matchups in 3 & 4, and the fact that NY is so good at home,
     
  10. jon abbey

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    I don’t think anything will be easy but I think it has been close to impossible for any road teams to win in the AL postseason the last two seasons, and NY is 7-0 at home.

    But also as a fan it’s hard to disentangle wishful thinking from realistic perspective, so who knows.
     
  11. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

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    I love this sentence. So true.
     
  12. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

    Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat has big, douchey shoulders Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    This is great stuff
     
  13. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I was helping someone move, not at home, listening on radio and so you were spared my fatalism that we were going for yet another 'almost tease'. There was more than enough frustration in that thread without my contributions....
     
  14. SemperFidelisSox

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  15. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Hicks is out, but is basically fine and available off the bench.
     
  16. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    FWIW:

    "The Yankees have advanced in six of the seven ALDS in which they lost the opener (advanced in 1996, 2000-01, '03-04, '17; did not in 2007)."
     
  17. terrynever

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    Was it your transistor radio from 1962?
     
  18. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    More nostalgia:
    Our first transistor radio was a Regency, here it is:
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    except ours was black leather, yes the entire case was thick REAL LEATHER. It used a Burgess battery that was actually 5 D cells in series inside a cardboard package, a size they stopped making eons ago. This is now the most collected early transistor radio...had I kept it it's now worth hundreds. This is c. 1958.

    My own first transistor radio was from the next year and was this wondrous newfangled device that included a mysterious FM band, by a brand new company nobody had ever heard of:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

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    John Sterling killed radio all by himself.
     
  20. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Home teams 7-0 so far this round, let's make that 7-1.
     
  21. aichtal

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    Get ahead and hold on. Can't count on the Boston pen to let us back in two nights in a row.
     
  22. terrynever

    terrynever Member SoSH Member

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    Let's see how big the strike zone is.
     
  23. Couperin47

    Couperin47 Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    If we get to Price in the 1st he will crumble
     
  24. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Holy fucking smokes. JUDGE!
     
  25. Brand Name

    Brand Name thinks there's no 'i' in denial Staff Member Dope Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Can you go more to dead center than that? Majestic.
     
  26. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Judge is amazing.
     
  27. jon abbey

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  28. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    This crowd is so annoying thinking that every pitch is a strike.
     
  29. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Stanton's would have been out in NY. Nice inning of solid contact.
     
  30. Couperin47

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    you mean that outside pitch that 'just missed' if painting the edge of the opposite batter's box is a 'just miss' ?
     
  31. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Precisely.
     
  32. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Big first inning for Tanaka, to state the obvious.
     
  33. Brand Name

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    Clearly, Brian Anderson doesn't know about the Yankee pitching philosophy to decrease four-seamer use. That's kind of a disappointing look to explain (or lack of doing so) to a national audience.
     
  34. crow216

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    Every time Betts makes an out, I sigh in relief.
     
  35. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    Nice play by Didi, Andujar is a statue.
     
  36. aichtal

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    Me too. They are all kind of scary but he is the worst. Well maybe JD too
     
  37. Brand Name

    Brand Name thinks there's no 'i' in denial Staff Member Dope Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Very fortunate carom for Tanaka, don't think it hit any part of Gregorius' glove live or on replay given I didn't see a resulting post spin, though am likely mistaken (yep, I am). Thought it'd easily ring the monster for a two-bagger off the bat.
     
  38. crow216

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    That's not true, he occasionally becomes the leaning tower of Pisa
     
  39. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Lot of hard hit balls that inning but 0s are all that matter. Let's get to Price, who probably had to clean his underwear mid-inning.
     
  40. jon abbey

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    Same formula as the coin flip game, 4 solid innings from Tanaka would be good.
     
  41. crow216

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    Jeez, where was that strike 1 call on Sanchez?
     
  42. crow216

    crow216 Dragon Wangler SoSH Member

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    Fuck yes. Get this scumbag out there of there with his dumb beard.
     
  43. Couperin47

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    Now let's see just how mentally tough Dave is....
     
  44. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    That works.
     
  45. Brand Name

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    Price is wearing the red alternate home jersey because he's getting lit up like a Christmas tree.
     
  46. crow216

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    Sorry for my vulgarity, I just really hate David Price.
     
  47. aichtal

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    I missed it. Sanchez homer?
     
  48. Hello

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    This is a much better start than yesterday.
     
  49. aichtal

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    Another interesting strike zone game I guess.
     
  50. mikeot

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    Why? He’s the gift that keeps on giving to the Bombers.
     

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