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8/9: Home Sweet Happ

Discussion in '2018 Yankees Game Threads' started by jon abbey, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. jon abbey

    jon abbey Shanghai Warrior Dope SoSH Member

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    NY comes home, after their first road series sweep of at least 3 games since the Angels at the end of April. They will face Texas and 22 year old Ariel Jurado who has spent most of the year in AA, making his fourth MLB start and working on two strong ones in a row, against Houston and Baltimore. NY will send out JA Happ, back off the DL from his hand, foot and mouth disease and with superb career numbers against the current Rangers collectively.

    NY needs to open up some space on Oakland and Seattle in the next few weeks and take advantage of their much easier on paper schedule, this is the first of 11 straight home games and NY has the second best home record in baseball, 38-16 to Boston's 42-15.

    7 PM EST.
     
  2. terrynever

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    You know, the Red Sox are really ruining my baseball summer. They win all the time. I usually like to watch some portion of their games, rooting for them to lose, but they never cooperate. Even when they start out losing, they end up winning. I need a history book to find out when they last lost. Their shitty pitchers, like Brian Johnson, give up five runs and still get the win. Their great pitcher takes a snooze on the DL and nobody notices.

    I assume this is only happening to Yankee fans who live in New England. Thank God we have the Patriots around to deflect some attention. They never lose either but at least the end is near for their dynasty.

    Why not empty the bank and buy Mookie when he hits free agency? Now that would be a signing worthy of the Evil Empire!
     
  3. crow216

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    I half-agree. The problem with the Red Sox having so many wins is that this is becoming a boring division. We obviously would like first place, but more than that I loved the back and forth in the division from April through June. It was exciting.

    We can't take a single thing away from the Sox but boy do they love to destroy bad teams.
     
  4. terrynever

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    There is no suspense in this pennant race because even in June we knew both of these teams would make the playoffs, barring a monumental collapse. I guess there was also no suspense in 1998 (or 1958, for that matter).
     
  5. jon abbey

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    Since Opening Day (really, even earlier), we have had a very good idea who the four teams in the ALDS would be, the same four as last season. It's all about personnel and positioning and health and waiting for October, I love it.
     
  6. Couperin47

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    If you live anywhere near the borders or within NH, see my Drink yourself blotto thread in The Blind for appropriate medication....
     
  7. SemperFidelisSox

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    NY has 21 straight home games against teams at or under .500. They don’t play a home series vs a winning team until September 18.
     
  8. jon abbey

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    Although again, they have played better all season against winning teams than losing ones. Hopefully this White Sox series marked a change there finally, we'll see.

    You guys are on your own for this one tonight, one of the main musicians I work with has a big show at Lincoln Center, a hundred musicians playing simultaneous percussion parts (not the cacophonous mess it sounds like). Free admission also:

    http://www.lincolncenter.org/mostly-mozart-festival/show/a-wave-and-waves
     
  9. Couperin47

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  10. jon abbey

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    Maybe Cashman made a bet with someone that he could get Robinson 100 ABs.
     
  11. tims4wins

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    This is kind of how Sox fans felt from like 1996-2002, basically. The Sox had some good teams in there but it felt like the Yankees never lost.
     
  12. crow216

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    I'm about to hit the road to get to the Cape but wanted to add that it's about damn time Hicks started hitting bombs.
     
  13. crow216

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    The most wins the Sox had in any year during that stretch was 94 during the 1999 season. I'm not trying to make a typical Yankee fan douche argument but I don't think Yankees fans feel quite like how the Sox fans felt during a Yankees dynasty with mostly above-average Sox teams.
     
  14. terrynever

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    Looking back, I want to apologize for 1998. The Yankees must have been insufferable that season.
     
  15. tims4wins

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    Oh I didn’t mean the Sox were as good or deserved better. It just seemed like the Yankees were unbeatable. Which they basically were
     
  16. terrynever

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    Happ throws a lot of strikes. Profar just hit one 440 feet.
     
  17. Couperin47

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    Jon is spared their discussion of Bird's regression....
     
  18. Couperin47

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    Andujar, when he's good....
     
  19. terrynever

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    I guess we have to live with his bat and fear the glove. That old cliche about the ball finding bad fielders was never more true than with two outs in the ninth inning on Sunday night. No! Not down the line, to Andujar.

    But he's our guy. Just like Neil Walker is our guy. Glad they kept him. Yanks are finding him ABs and he is a viable option at third base when they want to DH Miggie.

    Meanwhile, Abbey just told the percussion section that they play difficult music well but goof around on the easy stuff.
     
  20. hbk72777

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    Kay is doubling down on his stupidity
     
  21. terrynever

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    Happ looks unflappable even when he gives up a couple runs.
     
  22. Couperin47

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    Stanton provides more slugging which we will apparently need this evening, 6-3
     
  23. hbk72777

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    We're now back on pace for the record
     
  24. terrynever

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    Stanton's homer was the hardest hit ball this season -- 121.4 mph. The Texas pitcher seems to lack a curveball low and away that Stanton can't hit.
    Oh, and Happ just keeps throwing strikes. Very unusual for a Yankee starter.
     
  25. AMS25

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    Have the Texas feed on. Balls just flying out of the park tonight.
     
  26. terrynever

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    Happ with 64 strikes and 30 balls thru 6. His wide ones are on purpose. I wonder if CC and Sonny are watching.
     
  27. hbk72777

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    Happ and Lynn are really auditioning for next year
     
  28. Couperin47

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    the power of bad pitching compels us....
     
  29. terrynever

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    Yanks are very tough to beat in this park. Same thing last year. Astros went 0-3 in the ALCS in Yankee Stadium. I think Boston is 2-4 there this year. Where is Abbey when I need him? Now I have to look this shit up myself.
    Update: Boston is indeed 2-4 so far in NY. They suck.
     
  30. terrynever

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    Dellin got thru the 8th so fast, I missed it. Betances said recently he feels better than he has ever felt in the big leagues. His numbers -- since his early season struggles that almost made Coup insane -- are awesome. I would quote them to you but Abbey is at Lincoln Center, hanging out with the ghost of Leonard Bernstein.
     
  31. Couperin47

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    sorry, Lenny would not be hanging out at this particular concert, Boulez maybe....
     
  32. terrynever

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    Bird continues to look like Kevin Maas, without the incredible hot streak.
     
  33. terrynever

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    I have no idea who Boulez is. Starter or reliever?
     
  34. terrynever

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    Quiet. Neil Walker is going for his third homer of the night.
     
  35. Couperin47

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    Pierre, like Lenny both a composer and a conductor and, as it happens, the man who succeeded Lenny as principal conductor of the NY Philharmonic....
     
  36. terrynever

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    Fouled back a 1-2 pitch. Just missed it. Walks around home plate like Cano. Back in the box. Another foul. This is the Neil Walker we thought we were getting. Ball two. Outside. Strike three. I remember when Mike Moore looked like the next great lefty in the AL East. Now, five years later, his arm hurts and he is playing out the string in Texas. Cruel sport.
     
  37. terrynever

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    You don't get this kind of info on a Red Sox game thread!
     
  38. terrynever

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    Chapman in with a four-run lead.
     
  39. terrynever

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    I don't care about velocity but he is again only hitting 97. Just threw one back to the backstop. And now he walks the leadoff hitter.
    Ryne Duren used to throw one to the backstop but he wore coke bottle glasses and was usually drunk. Chapman appears sober.
     
  40. Couperin47

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    sigh...even playing crap teams cannot mask our issues
     
  41. terrynever

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    3-0 on the next guy. Same script as Sunday except he is home and this is not the Red Sox. Walks on four pitches. Britton up in bullpen.

    Chapman's going on the DL soon. Or else he needs to use CC's knee brace.
     
  42. terrynever

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    He got an out! First and third, one out.
     
  43. terrynever

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    Choo up. Buckles under curve ball that ump somehow calls ball one.
     
  44. terrynever

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    All curves to Choo. Strike two is a beaut, low and away. And now a fast ball for strike three, 100 mph.
     
  45. terrynever

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    21 pitches already. Mariano is sitting at home, sipping wine, shaking his head. Just throw strikes.
     
  46. terrynever

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    Finally,,it's over. 24 pitches. Not Boston. But the umpires are not helping. Again.
     
  47. Couperin47

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    we are both winning and, currently demonstrating exactly why we won't be a factor in the playoffs as currently constituted
     
  48. terrynever

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    You worry too much, Coup. Things could change by October. Right now, you make sense. But I trust this team will figure some things out over the next seven weeks. Happ is a beginning. I already trust him as the third starter in the playoffs. Put him in for Game 2 against Boston.
     
  49. terrynever

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    Eight back, seven in loss column.
     
  50. jon abbey

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    Easily the best the rotation has been all season, even before Montgomery got hurt, Gray was Gray and Tanaka was a mess.

    NY is now a MLB-leading 44-4 when their starter throws a quality start, even with the loss on Sunday to Boston after Tanaka's gem.

    Combine those two facts and a weak on paper schedule and BOS is going to need to keep winning.
     

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