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9/24: Holder gets the start

Discussion in '2018 Yankees Game Threads' started by terrynever, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. terrynever

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    Seems like the Yanks and Rays play every other week. In a shocking move that officially fried Aaron Boone's brain, Larry Rothschild decided to start Jonathan Holder tonight vs. Tampa's pitching staff. Whoever starts for them doesn't matter. Rothschild likes Holder's last name and thinks it bodes well.
    In future years, the Cy Young will go to the best bullpen because starters will have become extinct. A quality start will be two innings and one run or less. Holds will become the most valued stat in baseball. Blown saves will ruin a pitcher's career. Every pitcher will be named Holder.
    The real story in this final week of the regular season is the playoff race. Oakland also finishes on the road with three in Seattle and three with the Angels, who seem to be playing out the string. Paxton goes for Seattle tonight.
    Didi may not play until the weekend, or until the play-in game. Or not at all. Not a good omen for the pinstripes. Coup is probably sticking pins in his eyeballs right now while complaining about bad luck and injuries. You live in New Hampshire, Coup! People are suffering every day up there.
    A new sleep study revealed that Jon Abbey has been officially declared a nocturnal animal. He was last seen in daylight in August while researching minor league baseball statistical fallacies. Dracula gets more sleep than Abbey.
    In other news, Giancarlo Stanton has changed his first name back to Mike.
     
  2. luckysox

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    @terrynever , I really enjoy you. If I didn't viscerally hate the Yankees so much, and really want them to have to fly out West for the WC game, I'd cheer for them to win for you tonight. But I just can't quite get there. Sorry about that.

    But I tell you, you're on my list of really good Yankee fans.
     
  3. jon abbey

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    The part about me is not wrong.

    NY has a 2 game lead in the loss column on OAK, 7 to play for NY, 6 to play for OAK. If they tie, the game will be in NY, so if NY goes 4-3 this week, OAK would have to win all six to host the game.

    TB is 16-3 in their last 19 at home, it's time to put a dent in that and make them a bit less confident going into next season. They have essentially been eliminated (they cannot catch NY and OAK's magic number is 1), I'd like to see NY kick things into gear starting tonight.

    In other news, Didi says he's feeling a lot better after the cortisone shot and expects to be back sometime this week. We'll see.
     
  4. terrynever

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    Actually, I am a bad Yankee fan, a cynic, a former sports editor who was taught to be objective. On this site, I have learned who the true fans are. They live and die with their teams. I have a hard time staying awake with this club. The strikeouts and walks make me drowsy. And then the damn home runs wake me up!
     
  5. terrynever

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    Thanks, Jon. I wanted to go out on a limb and say the Yanks would be in good shape if Seattle can win two games over Oakland. The Mariners are still trying. Not sure why. Cano is hitting .295 and probably wants to get over .300. Imagine if he were still a Yankee and got suspended for 75 games?
     
  6. jon abbey

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    Sounds like Sonny Gray will be the long guy tonight, yikes.
     
  7. terrynever

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    He must be offended by the snub. But maybe Tampa Bay's success will neutralize all the bitching by starting pitchers around baseball.
    One could argue that this is a way to slow down the salary demands of starters. Just pay 80 percent of them like relievers. Only the true aces will get big money. Paying mediocre starters $10M a year is nuts.
     
  8. jon abbey

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    That gets into my whole 'baseball is broken' thread, but the problem is paying most players FA-level salaries is nuts, the whole salary structure in MLB right now is a disaster.

    (That being said, I expect Cashman to spend like a drunken sailor this winter.)
     
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    Power went out because of a thunderstorm there, slowly coming back now.
     
  11. Couperin47

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    Further proof there is no God. If God existed the deity would clearly love baseball and would have long ago sent a Category 6 storm to erase the Festering Pimple that is the Trop from the face of this planet.
     
  12. Couperin47

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    To be more precise, the lightning struck the Yankee truck outside, likely YES will be using the Rays feed to start the game....our luck continues....
     
  13. VORP Speed

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    The arena formerly known as the Thunderdome shall be the death of your wild-card play-in game home field dreams!
     
  14. terrynever

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    Holder walks two of first three hitters. Nervous? Choking? It's that time of year.
    Ump bails him out by calling an inside pitch strike three. Two outs.
     
  15. terrynever

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    VORP, what triggered the turnaround? And why didn't it happen sooner?

    Line drive to right. Three outs.
     
  16. terrynever

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    Mike Stanton leads off the second for New York. I am changing his name because the other guy couldn't hit when it counted.
     
  17. terrynever

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    Mike bails out on first pitch. Hits the corner for strike one. Is he even seeing the ball?
    Finally, a full swing on strike two. Late. Fouled into stands.
    Pops out to left on 3-2 pitch.
    He moves his feet so much in the box, it looks like he learned how to hit from Fred Astaire.
     
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    Luke Voit up. Castillo is throwing 100 mph. But Luke is getting good swings. Of course he is. He's Luke Voit!
    Luke hits a high pop into seats in foul territory but it hits a catwalk and drops untouched near the Yankees' dugout. Then he strikes out.
     
  19. terrynever

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    Andujar hits one off his fists, a spinning dribbler to short. Base hit. Surprised he didn't try for second.
     
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    Gleyber takes ball one. And then he singles between first and second. Two on, two out for Bleepin' Gary Sanchez.
     
  21. terrynever

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    Wild pitch.
     
  22. terrynever

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    Strikes out on a curve ball that finished in the other batter's box.
     
  23. jon abbey

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    Sanchez strands them, a lost year for him so far.
     
  24. SemperFidelisSox

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    My bold prediction for the offseason. Yankees trade Sanchez.
     
  25. VORP Speed

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    Unloading that bum Archer and it didn’t happen sooner because Abbey was driving too hard of a bargain.


    The newfangled pitching approach really came together over the early summer, they had a great trade deadline, Snell kicked it up a notch midway through the season, young guys who are still a year away from prime time came through sooner than expected. I think the plan was for this year to be a reset and introduce young talent and work out kinks of the Ray pitching method, but it all worked out in a somewhat accelerated fashion.
     
  26. jon abbey

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    I doubt this, but they should do what I have been asking for since last winter, get a better veteran guy as the second catcher, who can both take Gary under his wing and fill in for him every day if he goes out.
     
  27. jon abbey

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    Glad to see Tarpley getting some chances this month, he will have a shot to make the team next year.
     
  28. terrynever

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    Yes, he seems calm enough, pitches with a purpose. Quick 1-2-3 inning. Bring him out for the third?
     
  29. jon abbey

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    Yeah, they have two more lefties coming up, but they need to let him face righties too, he was great in multiple inning stints in the minors all year.
     
  30. terrynever

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    Cutch homers down the LF line, a bullet. 1-0 here in third.
     
  31. terrynever

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    Judge walks. The new Tampa pitcher, Wood, seems a little rattled, funny because Tampa is playing for nothing but the right to be a spoiler.
     
  32. jon abbey

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    They're still mathematically alive to tie OAK, magic number 1.
     
  33. terrynever

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    Hicks huskies to avoid a DP. Stanton up with two outs.
    I am providing play by play for Red Sox fans who are bored by their own team's waltz to the finish line.
    Stanton has worked another 3-2 count.
    Grounds out to third.
     
  34. terrynever

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    I hope the A's know that and start choking.
     
  35. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

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

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    He huskies?
     
  36. terrynever

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    Yeah, that's a rip on Nebraska's 0-3 football team.
     
  37. terrynever

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    Sonny Gray comes in and strikes out the first guy.
     
  38. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

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    Ah. I like it.
     
  39. terrynever

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    Sonny walks Smith, then Luke misses pickoff throw that was low and into the runner. Smith holds at second.
     
  40. terrynever

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    Nah. You're just bored and thinking about turning off the Red Sox to watch hockey.
     
  41. jon abbey

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    Sanchez and Gray are not a good combo, that 3-2 pitch to Smith was a strike if it had been framed better.
     
  42. Bob Montgomery's Helmet Hat

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    I'm actually just killing time until Better Call Saul starts
     
  43. terrynever

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    Andujar throws out two runners in the third. Kay says he "takes his time" but it's really technique and bad habits. He takes ball from glove and then extends his arm all the way back. He gives me heart palpitations. Coup is gnawing on a razor blade right now.
     
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    Luke leads off fourth with a double up the gap in right center. Tampa brought in lefty Ryan Yarborough this inning and Luke bolted his first pitch.
    Andujar then grounds right back to Yarborough. One out.
     
  46. jon abbey

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    It's been an especially slow season but I have big expectations for these last three.
     
  47. terrynever

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    Gleyber flies out almost to the warning track in left. Sanchez represents the potential third out.
     
  48. terrynever

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    sanchez grounds out to first.
     
  49. jon abbey

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    He managed to find the only fielder on the right side with a reasonably well hit ball, when it is going bad, it is going bad.
     
  50. jon abbey

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    Yikes, Gardner in for Hicks, that's not cool.
     

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