10/9: Cole vs Glasnow

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The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.

—John F. Kennedy

And that message shall be tonight’s modus operandi, in a few senses. The obvious, literal interpretation, of course, it’s win or go home; win gives you a chance to renew, rewrite history with Houston.

But strokes of the nature JFK talks about take on perhaps their second meaning in baseball. The majestic, soaring rockets that Judge, Stanton, Voit, Urshela, Torres have all provided. Those are the danger the lineup has provided in its past, present, and future.

In pitching, there are yet additional brush strokes. We call ideally thrown balls painting and on the black, do we not? As Luke Voit said of Cole last night, that is why they pay him the big money. That the opportunity to succeed in such a way comes both within himself, and that of the pitching staff at large.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

—Mahatma Gandhi

The Yankees will die today without a win. So in that respect, they have heeded Gandhi. The lessons forged through this year’s turbulent times, the less ones they learned throughout the 60 games, the two against Cleveland, four prior against Tampa, well, it all comes to this, doesn’t it? The learning finds its application.

I could not have blamed you for being the first to lose heart if I, your commander, had not shared in your exhausting marches and your perilous campaigns; it would have been natural enough if you had done all the work merely for others to reap the reward. But it is not so. You and I, ladies and gentlemen, have shared the labor and shared the danger, and the rewards are for us all. The conquered league shall belong to us; from your ranks the governors of it are chosen; already the greater part of its treasure passes into your hands, and when all this league is overrun, then indeed I will go further than the mere satisfaction of our ambitions: the utmost hopes of riches or power which each one of you cherishes will be far surpassed, and whoever wishes to return home will be allowed to go, either with me or without me. I will make those who stay the envy of those who return.

Win.
 

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We are not worthy.

Amazingly this will be the fourth time Cole and Glasnow have matched up in the 67 games these teams have played this season, and of course TB’s final game of 2019 also matched these two.
 

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Great way to start the day, by learning something, remembering, and understanding the world goes on, no matter who wins tonight. It’s just a game to us fans.
 

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Great opening post, Jess.

I'm thankful that this game is being played in San Diego and not that shithole in Tampa.
 

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I'm thankful that this game is being played in San Diego and not that shithole in Tampa.
I hadn't thought of that before ... it's the Shithole vs Toilet Series

Take THAT for eloquence, Jess
 

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I hadn't thought of that before ... it's the Shithole vs Toilet Series

Take THAT for eloquence, Jess
But it’s neither. It’s a Covid-19 series. Much worse. Except we’re all thankful to have baseball in October, even without the fans.
 

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In the long run I doubt we can survive a no-off days series with our pitching, especially against a well rested team, but tonight Win it for Whitey.
I was thinking this too, but the Astros staff isn’t anywhere near what it was last year.
 

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Damn, that's a quick turnaround to get those patches. Would be curious to know the logistics of how that went down.
 

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Yep, neither Glasnow nor Cole have ever started on less than full rest, expecting 1-3 innings from TG and hopefully 5 from GC.
 

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I'd flip Gio and Glyber at 6/7, otherwise not much to complain about here.

LeMahieu 2B
Judge RF
Hicks CF
Stanton DH
Voit 1B
Urshela 3B
Torres SS
Gardner LF
Higashioka C
 

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The final battle is upon us. Win or lose, I appreciate all of you Yankee fans letting me hang out in your thread...even if it’s only because abbey thinks it’s good luck for the Yankees.
 

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The final battle is upon us. Win or lose, I appreciate all of you Yankee fans letting me hang out in your thread...even if it’s only because abbey thinks it’s good luck for the Yankees.
We love you, man, and we know it's hard for any fan to resist the bureaucratic interchangability of the Rays. :)

I liked that Cash said that Glasnow can go about 60-70 pitches and Glasnow said he's good for 140.
 

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Anyone trying to DVR this, TBS has yet to notice they have a game tonight, so you need to just record the time slot or 10 episodes of The Big Bang Theory like I just did.
 

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Seems to be warmer than last night, and the sun is out again, so sun/shadows will be an issue again early on.
 

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What did Larry Sanders tell his audience before every show? Something like 'this is exciting, isn't it?'? Here we go.
 

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My disdain for the Manfredball Tournament is well known here, but in these playoffs we have had 9 inning games and the damn extra innings free runners nonsense has had minimal effect. These games have been full of tension and throughly enjoyable
 

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My disdain for the Manfredball Tournament is well known here, but in these playoffs we have had 9 inning games and the damn extra innings free runners nonsense has had minimal effect. These games have been full of tension and throughly enjoyable
For some. ;)
 

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There’s no underbelly to the TB staff tonight, hopefully Cole can get to Britton for us.
 

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98 for the K.

Cole really needs to be careful spotting his FB tonight, would like to see him mix in more pitches like his great change.
 

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You cannot walk Lowe here.

And he does.

And Darling mentions Cole is throwing more changes.
 

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Yeah, you want to put guys on for Choi, that's a favorable matchup.
 

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No matter how good a pitcher is, you really don't know if he can be effective on three days rest until he actually does it.

Come on Gerrit.
 

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You can throw FBs by him in the zone, just spot them better.
 

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Good play to take the sure out with the strange sun/shadows.
 

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Diaz to the 5 spot bumping Margot is smart, I think. We'll see how it works.