4/14: It’s Ross Stripling, guys. Wake up!

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It’s only April. The season is just young. We have all seen Yankee teams sleepwalk through April and May. Joe Torre had a couple late in his tenure who were still under .500 after 60 games. And then they won 100 games by playing their ass off for four months. But those were proven teams with deep pitching.

One wonders: How much ground can this inconsistent 2021 Yankees team make up? How long will its slumps last?

Yanks play a 1:07 p.m. game today against Toronto in Dunedin. Corey Kluber, who went 2.1 innings last Friday in Tampa, needs to do better. He needs to go longer. It would help if the offense wakes up against Ross Stripling, who gave up 3 runs in 3.1 innings against NY in his first start of the season.

This team will hit, eventually. But will it pitch or play defense? Can the hitters produce with men on base? Can the long ball approach carry the offense through slumps, or against tough pitching?

It’s Ross Stripling, guys. Wake up.
 
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I'll grab the next game thread, which is probably going to be the next game unfortunately.
 

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That's even more negative than I am!

New job means I have to get up super early and go to bed early, so no more day game thread starts from me. I'll be sure and start Friday's game thread after Terry and Crow lose.
 

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Also, I had a crazy dream where the Yankees blew some easy win and I was so pissed that I wanted Boone fired. I was ranting to my family about it and they all said I was crazy and that he is an amazing manager and that he is the best we've had since Torre. I about stroked out in my dream arguing for Girardi. Anyway, the Yankees should start winning so I stop having dreams about Aaron Boone.
 

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I'll grab the next game thread, which is probably going to be the next game unfortunately.
I was thinking of you, Crow. But the idea of another Red Sox fan stepping in forced me to move faster. You’re next. I won’t be long at the helm of this ship. Icebergs everywhere.
 

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Also, I had a crazy dream where the Yankees blew some easy win and I was so pissed that I wanted Boone fired. I was ranting to my family about it and they all said I was crazy and that he is an amazing manager and that he is the best we've had since Torre. I about stroked out in my dream arguing for Girardi. Anyway, the Yankees should start winning so I stop having dreams about Aaron Boone.
I slept straight through last night so I’m rested. My baseball nightmares stopped at age 70. You get a whole new set of dreams after that.
 

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Crazy lineup to say the least:
Hicks, CF
Judge, RF
Gardner, LF
Sanchez, DH
Torres, SS
Bruce, 1B
Urshela, 3B
Odor, 2B
Higgy, C

Kluber, SP
 

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I haven't watched any of the past few games due to blackout rules and timing but does Judge look right to you folks? I think he has 1 hit since his 3 days off last week. I think that's 1 hit in his last 4 games? Obviously that can happen to anybody, just wondering what your eyes tell you guys as closer watchers of the team.
 

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I haven't watched any of the past few games due to blackout rules and timing but does Judge look right to you folks? I think he has 1 hit since his 3 days off last week. I think that's 1 hit in his last 4 games? Obviously that can happen to anybody, just wondering what your eyes tell you guys as closer watchers of the team.
The entire team has looked bad offensively, Higashioka aside. Stanton and Clint and Torres all look awful, are they all hurt also?
 

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I took a really quick look at his line for the season and his GO/AO is 2.00, almost double his career average of 1.09 (of course only through 9 games played).
 

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The entire team has looked bad offensively, Higashioka aside. Stanton and Clint and Torres all look awful, are they all hurt also?
Come on, that response is a bit disingenuous and dismissive. There's been smoke about Judge playing injured this season and his line was really good a week ago before he had those 3 days off due to what Boone called side soreness. It was a legitimate question.
 

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Come on, that response is a bit disingenuous and dismissive. There's been smoke about Judge playing injured this season and his line was really good a week ago before he had those 3 days off due to what Boone called side soreness. It was a legitimate question.
I already said multiple times what I thought happened here, I thought that like many younger people with active immune systems, he had a bad reaction to the vaccine. Judge's health, like many things connected to NY, is overanalyzed and over focused on, IMO obv.
 

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Also I just watched the entire team (besides Higgy) do zero offensively for fifteen straight innings and for most of the series in TB before that, I am chalking it up to a collective suck and hoping they break out of it soon, ideally starting in a few minutes.
 

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I already said multiple times what I thought happened here, I thought that like many younger people with active immune systems, he had a bad reaction to the vaccine. Judge's health, like many things connected to NY, is overanalyzed and over focused on, IMO obv.
I guess I'll infer from your responses that Judge has looked like his normal self to you over the past few games.
 

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I took a really quick look at his line for the season and his GO/AO is 2.00, almost double his career average of 1.09 (of course only through 9 games played).
Out of curiosity, are you a Red Sox fan? I don't care either way, I just can't keep track of who all of us Yankees fans are.

Anyway, I think if Judge isn't injured, he is certainly being more cautious this season and it has changed his approach a bit.
 

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Out of curiosity, are you a Red Sox fan? I don't care either way, I just can't keep track of who all of us Yankees fans are.

Anyway, I think if Judge isn't injured, he is certainly being more cautious this season and it has changed his approach a bit.
I figured the name would give it away, but yes I'm a Red Sox fan. I'm not here to troll the Yankee fans here; I actually just prefer the Yankees game threads because it's a smaller group which results in actual discussion. I find the Sox game threads read more like rapid fire response posts, which is less interesting to me.
 

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I figured the name would give it away, but yes I'm a Red Sox fan. I'm not here to troll the Yankee fans here; I actually just prefer the Yankees game threads because it's a smaller group which results in actual discussion. I find the Sox game threads read more like rapid fire response posts, which is less interesting to me.
That makes sense. And welcome aboard. Discussion is great, even amongst rival fanbases.
 

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Judge kinda had more of the Griffey follow through on the home run. Looked to me like he was trying not to torque his back as much as his normal power swing. And I'll agree with Jon that any discomfort he has could very well be a vaccine side effect. I got dose 2 of Moderna a month and a half ago and my elbows are still creaky and sore.

Regardless, if he still has any discomfort, he's finding a way to work through it and put a charge into the ball.
 

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Judge kinda had more of the Griffey follow through on the home run. Looked to me like he was trying not to torque his back as much as his normal power swing. And I'll agree with Jon that any discomfort he has could very well be a vaccine side effect. I got dose 2 of Moderna a month and a half ago and my elbows are still creaky and sore.

Regardless, if he still has any discomfort, he's finding a way to work through it and put a charge into the ball.
You worry too much. April baseball makes liars of us all.
 

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Eventually mean reversion is coming all around but man, 2 runs feels like a Sisyphean task to overcome so far this season. Immensely frustrating to watch in the moment.
 

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This team is so aggravating. Everyone is pressing.

3-1 count and Hicks goes fishing on a sinker off the plate. Let it go and there is a runner on for Judge.
 

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FWIW, Kluber has always been much worse in April than the rest of the season. We’re going to have to be patient with him and Taillon and German too.
 

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So yeah, I think I'd like to see DJ at 1B, Gleyber at 2nd, and either Wade, Kyle Holder or another all-glove-no-bat SS.

Edit: I mean, sure, give Gittens a chance first though.
 

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So yeah, I think I'd like to see DJ at 1B, Gleyber at 2nd, and either Wade, Kyle Holder or another all-glove-no-bat SS.
No no no. We have to try to pick up a player from the junk yard first. Maybe we can get Adam Warren AND Greg Bird back.
 

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No no no. We have to try to pick up a player from the junk yard first. Maybe we can get Adam Warren AND Greg Bird back.
I don't fault the thought process. I like the idea of Bruce, but the reality hasn't panned out so far offensively or defensively. Watching some of the extreme shifts he's been dealing with, and his absolute inability to try and go the other way, I think his offensive contributions would be more limited than I anticipated, even if he gets sort of back on track.
 

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Nice, Jess!

The Yankees actually do have Adam Warren currently, he had some arm issues in the spring but I believe is pitching again in Scranton.

And yeah, EE, the shift kills guys like Bruce and Odor if they refuse to adapt and keep the defense honest. Bruce tried to bunt against it at least once, Odor has an unusual swing and I don't think he could try to go the other way even if he wanted to.
 

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NY has a full bullpen today and an off day tomorrow, have to think Kluber is gone soon, maybe Loaisiga in next.