4/10: Paxton vs McHugh

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Sometimes keeping the game thread OP simple works. I feel strangely encouraged, just off no more than intuition. Should also be said, Houston has never swept the Yankees in franchise history, not that this has any future bearing on today's game.
 

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Jess, am I mistaken that you’re a Sox fan?
Basically neutral, and not from one of 28 other teams, but as a matter of nature of the work I'm hoping for down the line, and as root for storylines, the best interest of the sport, history rewritten. Enough research will do that, I've found.

A small, fading part of me for any one team that remains? I'd say it slightly leans pinstripes but entirely because of my late father, my role model.He raised me on the sport, and was a statistician.

What that means for gamethreads is that a win continues my starting.
 

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Joe Harvey with the temporary callup until CC starts this weekend, it will be his big league debut if he gets into a game. He's 27 and was a 19th round pick in 2014 who has worked his way through the system and dominated AAA last year.
 

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Jess, am I mistaken that you’re a Sox fan?
We’re trying to turn her, Crow.

I can relate to Brand Name’s duality as a fan. Why restrict ourselves to one team? In 2013, I genuinely liked the team-oriented Red Sox and quietly mourned the moribund Yankees. Things have changed now and the Yankees are a team again, likable enough to lure me back.
 

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Altuve is hitting .280 vs. Paxton with a .699 OPS.

Springer, .267 with 3 HRs in 30 ABs, .903 OPS.

Correa, .381 and .885.

Bregman, .280 and .628
 

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Yes, but guys like Springer, Altuve and Correa have good numbers against him.

Let’s agree to disagree.
Pulled from Twitter:

"Paxton has even better numbers vs Astros since they won World Series in 2017:

8 starts (6-1)

47.2 IP 1.89 ERA .213/.268/.290 46 K 13 BB 1 HR allowed"
 

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CC starting Saturday, so Harvey will be up for 2 games, tonight and Friday.

Sanchez is sitting because his calf is a little sore, this gives him two consecutive days with the off day tomorrow.
 

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CC starting Saturday, so Harvey will be up for 2 games, tonight and Friday.

Sanchez is sitting because his calf is a little sore, this gives him two consecutive days with the off day tomorrow.
Sanchez seems physically soft, bull strong but flabby in the middle and probably doesn’t do a lot of cardio. If he did, his legs might not be sore two weeks into the season.
Somebody in this organization needs to lean on Sanchez. Beltran?
 

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Paxton at 40 pitches with one out in second. Jake Marisnick just took a walk after fouling off a bunch of four-seamers. Nine-pitch AB. Paxton walked him on his second knuckle-curve of the AB, both balls.
 

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Paxton can't put away anyone, not sure who is eating innings tonight.
 

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By the way, I will happily sign up for a 22-32 first third of the season if it means Boone gets fired.
 

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DJ makes it 3-2 with a SF on an 0-2 count. He is a squander antidote, a rare Yankee who puts the ball in play frequently.
 

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By the way, I will happily sign up for a 22-32 first third of the season if it means Boone gets fired.
Cashman very invested in Boone, as you know from the book. Boone aced six hours of testing from the quant department. He took blind stats and matched them to the quants’ projected lineup. Which is fine. But can he run a game? And what kind of leader is he? Can a genial robot win it all?
 

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I just dropped in to ask if people here feel like Gardner can still play CF. He's conceded a couple extra bases just tonight.
 

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Paxton whiffs Springer to end fourth. 90 pitches. Probably done. And now Larry Rothschild is running the game while Boone works on his impersonation of a manager.
 

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I just dropped in to ask if people here feel like Gardner can still play CF. He's conceded a couple extra bases just tonight.
Not an everyday player anymore but with Hicks out, and Tauchman a non-factor, Gardy has been playing a lot of CF. Too much. His legs are not what they used to be, imo.
 

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Not an everyday player anymore but with Hicks out, and Tauchman a non-factor, Gardy has been playing a lot of CF. Too much. His legs are not what they used to be, imo.
I've only watched four innings of the 2019 Yankees, but he's looked godawful.

But clearly, with Ellsbury, Hicks, and Stanton out of action, there may not be much choice.
 

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Judge just fanned for the third time tonight, basically on the same pitch, a slow curve spotted on the outside corner, or off the plate. Judge can’t let it pass.
 

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Yeah, Gardner needs to be a 4th OF. The Hicks injury has really hurt them so far, that and Betances.
 

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U-G-L-Y, they ain't got no alibi.

Looks like we will get to see Harvey at least.
 

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fully healthy Altuve/Correa, Brantley playing well... if the Astros are at 100% into October, incredibly scary lineup.

like, I would bubble wrap Brantley as much as possible in particular
 

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fully healthy Altuve/Correa, Brantley playing well... if the Astros are at 100% into October, incredibly scary lineup.

like, I would bubble wrap Brantley as much as possible in particular
They have some serious studs waiting in the minors to help too, Tucker and Whitley are both top 10 overall prospects and Yordan Alvarez is top 50. I was surprised/impressed that the Sox beat them in the ALCS last year, they were the best team on paper.
 

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Is April the cruelest month? In baseball, what happens in April is usually forgotten by June. Yanks opened at 9-9 last year before getting hot and catching Boston, which started off 17-2. In August, Boston pulled away.

Houston looks more focused this season. They had a hangover last spring, similar to what Boston is going through now.

The Yanks need to regroup. They have 150 games left to figure this out.
 

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Funny that two of these five are best known as Yankees...

Highest SLG vs. Yankees since 1913 (min 100 PA)

Hank Greenberg .668
Babe Ruth .663
Mike Trout .662
Alex Rodriguez .651
Carlos Correa .629
 

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I wonder if Harvey might stay up and Tarpley get sent down, that was pretty impressive.
 

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Funny that two of these five are best known as Yankees...

Highest SLG vs. Yankees since 1913 (min 100 PA)

Hank Greenberg .668
Babe Ruth .663
Mike Trout .662
Alex Rodriguez .651
Carlos Correa .629
Greenberg grew up in the Bronx. Yanks tried to sign him but Hank chose to attend NYU for a year and then signed with Detroit.
Trout is a Jersey boy the Angels signed with the pick right ahead of the Yankees. That is the biggest piece of bad luck ever for the Yankees. They were all over Trout but tried to keep their interest a secret.