3/28: Let's Beat The Orioles This Year

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If Miggy just ate the ball, runner stays at first and does not score on ensuing single.
Ah, it feels good to be back chatting with you, Terry, first and foremost.

Had the same thought as you prior to replay but not a terrible throw, good release point despite going against his body. Also more okay with that given a four run lead, as opposed to a smaller margin, kind of like how I view basepath agression.

Not a great look from Yankee fans today. Stadium looks three-quarters full.
Inclined to think a lot of the folks in the Legends Suites are remaining on the inside. Plenty to eat, tons of TVs, and stay warm.
 

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Opening day or not, it's cold out and a 1pm game
A 1 PM weekday game, and tickets are way too expensive. I haven’t been to a game in maybe 3 years and no plans on changing that this season even though this might be the most entertaining Yankee team of my lifetime.
 

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Yankees on pace for 1750 runs if all games go 9 innings.

Awful call for strike three there, yikes. Still, first Opening Day hat trick whiff by a Yankee since 2013, Eduardo Nunez against Boston, 12th overall. Wally Pipp and Fritz Maisel were the first to do so in 1916 against Walter Johnson.
 

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Yankees on pace for 1750 runs if all games go 9 innings.

Awful call for strike three there, yikes. Still, first Opening Day hat trick whiff by a Yankee since 2013, Eduardo Nunez against Boston, 12th overall. Wally Pipp and Fritz Maisel were the first to do so in 1916 against Walter Johnson.
Good to have you back, Brand Name. Fritz Maisel’s great-grandchildren also pleased.
Unrelated, I just bought the semi-new Babe Ruth book by Jane Leavy.
 

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Good to have you back, Brand Name. Fritz Maisel’s great-grandchildren also pleased.
Unrelated, I just bought the semi-new Babe Ruth book by Jane Leavy.
I bought the Bob Klapisch one which should show up this afternoon, expecting to be disappointed but curious.
 

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Good to have you back, Brand Name. Fritz Maisel’s great-grandchildren also pleased.
Unrelated, I just bought the semi-new Babe Ruth book by Jane Leavy.
Ooo, that sounds like a good purchase.

Ottavino with a single goose egg on the jersey back is a bit jarring. But not as much as his breaking stuff, been very curious to see how it looks outside of Coors on a regular basis.

Heh, and yeah, Flash would appreciate my speed to recognize him. Fourth ever AL player with 70+ steals, with 74 in 1914. Still the most in a season for the Yankees, non-Rickey division.
 

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RPM is inherently flawed given the rate of relative time, given we measure pitch speed in MPH. I made RPPitch, which neutralizes velocity, consistent at predicting reliever quality too. First year I made it, Chapman was first in RPM by four seamer, 19th in RPP. Can't wait to run it on Ottavino, given his lack of relative velocity to a fireball pitcher.
 

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Ooo, that sounds like a good purchase.

Ottavino with a single goose egg on the jersey back is a bit jarring. But not as much as his breaking stuff, been very curious to see how it looks outside of Coors on a regular basis.

Heh, and yeah, Flash would appreciate my speed to recognize him. Fourth ever AL player with 70+ steals, with 74 in 1914. Still the most in a season for the Yankees, non-Rickey division.
Not sure Joe DiMaggio would have approved of the number Zero in pinstripes but Babe Ruth would have loved this lineup.
Voit gets doubled up to end 7th after Orioles catcher botches a pop fly.
Pop flies in April are not fun.
 

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It's too early to discuss since it's still so cold, but if things remain the way they are, who's fastball decline is more worrying: Chapman or Betances ?
Chapman, because Betances is gone after this year. Also, Betances' breaking ball is incredible, on a completely different level than Chapman's.
 

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I worry about Chapman's knee, not his arm. He's still young, that velo isn't going anywhere unless he's hurt and there aren't any signs of that.
 

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I worry about Chapman's knee, not his arm. He's still young, that velo isn't going anywhere unless he's hurt and there aren't any signs of that.
What? He's 31. Same age Felix was last year when he completely fell off the cliff.

OK actually Felix is about to turn 33 on 4/8, so not quite, but still. I wouldn't hand-wave away concerns about Chapman's velocity.
 

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What? He's 31. Same age Felix was last year when he completely fell off the cliff.

OK actually Felix is about to turn 33 on 4/8, so not quite, but still. I wouldn't hand-wave away concerns about Chapman's velocity.
I'm hand-waving all concerns about pitcher velo until 2-3 weeks from now.
 

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Meanwhile Andujar’s ‘error’ wasn’t a terrible play as discussed, but a competent 3B turns the DP behind Britton in the 8th and gets to the leadoff ‘hit’ in the 9th. Not good.
 

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Voit finishes a full game with a 5.000 OPS (HR, two BBs, HBP), that doesn’t happen too often.
 

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Voit finishes a full game with a 5.000 OPS (HR, two BBs, HBP), that doesn’t happen too often.
35th game in Yankee history a player has had a 5.000 OPS, reached on base 4+ times, and had at least one homer, from Ruth in 1920 (3 such games that season, 6 overall) to most recently Mark Teixeira in 2016.
 

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What? He's 31. Same age Felix was last year when he completely fell off the cliff.

OK actually Felix is about to turn 33 on 4/8, so not quite, but still. I wouldn't hand-wave away concerns about Chapman's velocity.
Well, Felix has thrown more than 2600 innings in his career and Chapman has thrown less than 500. So I'm not sure that comparison really holds up.
 

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Chapman is also an insanely great athlete FWIW, supposedly he could outrun Billy Hamilton when they were Reds teammates.
 

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That was a big home run for Greg Bird today, mostly because Bird tends to dig a hole for himself each spring, either through injury or slump. Voit and Bird are obviously in a competition. I hope the Yanks can keep both.

One thing that is clear, and has been clear, is that Voit works the count better than Bird, who has more holes in his strike zone, too.

In his defense, one of Bird’s three Ks today was on a pitch two inches off the plate.

Does anyone else think the Yanks should keep both Bird and Voit on the 25-man roster all season?
 

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Well, Felix has thrown more than 2600 innings in his career and Chapman has thrown less than 500. So I'm not sure that comparison really holds up.
I'm sure some studies have been done about trying to compare starter vs reliever workloads, but it seems to me like a straight innings comparison isn't totally accurate since relievers are pitching significantly more often on less or no rest. And I also think that while it didn't instantly destroy him or anything, that postseason when he was on the Cubs is the kind of thing that doesn't show up in that raw innings count.

I'm really not trying to be a chicken little about Chapman. I just have a bad feeling about him.
 

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That was a big home run for Greg Bird today, mostly because Bird tends to dig a hole for himself each spring, either through injury or slump. Voit and Bird are obviously in a competition. I hope the Yanks can keep both.

One thing that is clear, and has been clear, is that Voit works the count better than Bird, who has more holes in his strike zone, too.

In his defense, one of Bird’s three Ks today was on a pitch two inches off the plate.

Does anyone else think the Yanks should keep both Bird and Voit on the 25-man roster all season?
Potentially but it will likely mean that someone else is hurt or underperforming if they are both in the lineup. If Gardner is relegated to the bench then that leaves Andujar, Tulo, Didi, Bird, Voit, and DJL for 4 lineup spots.
 

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Potentially but it will likely mean that someone else is hurt or underperforming if they are both in the lineup. If Gardner is relegated to the bench then that leaves Andujar, Tulo, Didi, Bird, Voit, and DJL for 4 lineup spots.
Good possibility that all of those things can happen at some point.
They need not play every day. I could see Bird playing 130 games. Just like having his bat on the bench, or Voit’s, instead of Tyler Wade or whomever the 12th man turns out to be by June.
I like Tulo but doubt he will be playing in August.
 

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Does anyone else think the Yanks should keep both Bird and Voit on the 25-man roster all season?
It depends on injuries but it's very hard to do this if NY insists on carrying 8 relievers, and if they go to 7, it likely means losing someone since guys like Kahnle and Cessa are out of options.