5/12 - 5/15: Yankees at White Sox

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The Yankees are in Chicago for a four game set with the White Sox, a trendy pre-season World Series pick who got off to a rough start. They've won 8 of their last 10, though, so they seem to be turning it around. There's not much of a White Sox contingent here, but the Guardians and Twins are represented, so let's try to help out our AL Central SoSH friends and beat up on the Sox a bit.

Game 1 (8:10 PM): Gil vs Cease
Game 2 (8:10 PM): Cole vs Velasquez
Game 3 (7:10 PM): Montgomery vs Keuchel
Game 4 (2:10 PM): Cortes vs Kopech
 
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NY beat CHW 5 of 6 last year, and they had Hendriks' number all year, with Gallo and Judge and Stanton all homering off him. The White Sox are going to be extra pumped for these two series (they play in NY again next week), 2-2 would be a solid series result here IMO.
 

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NY beat CHW 5 of 6 last year, and they had Hendriks' number all year, with Gallo and Judge and Stanton all homering off him. The White Sox are going to be extra pumped for these two series (they play in NY again next week), 2-2 would be a solid series result here IMO.
I think the only game the Yankees lost was the Field of Dreams game, which they really blew.

Tonight looks like the worst pitching matchup with Gil v Cease. If the Yankees can take tonight they should be in good shape.
 

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Wow, NY held TOR to just 22 runs total in their 9 meetings so far.
 

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Gleyber surprisingly sits, Marwin for IKF, Higgy gets the Gil start:

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
5. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
6. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
7. Joey Gallo (L) LF
8. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS
9. Kyle Higashioka (R) C
 

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That's a weird one. Hope he isn't banged up, because otherwise I don't love sitting him after the day he had yesterday.
 

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They essentially have 8 starters for 7 positions (not counting SS/C) so someone always has to sit, maybe it's a pitcher matchup thing.
 

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Yeah, but I guess it's a question of whether who sits each day is pre-determined or if there's room for that to change based on performance. You often hear about guys not liking a day off when they're feeling good at the plate, so I would hope there's some flexibility there.
 

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Well, with 23 games in 22 days (18 in 18 from today), there should be plenty of ABs for everyone.

I agree though, the guy drove in all five runs for NY yesterday.
 

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Whatever process they're using, I suspect health and analytics play big roles. I'm not going to worry too much when they are getting such good results, even if those good results are based mostly on great pitching.

In other words, I'm just going to relax and trust the masterful job that Aaron Boone, the next Manager of the Year, has done so far. :)
 

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Heh, pretty sure one reason they are doing so well is that (I believe that) he has decidedly less in-game responsibility than in previous years.
 

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Jon, the word is "synergy". Clearly, Boone, the front office, the large cadre of coaches, and of course the analytics team, are all working together in appropriate ways to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. :p

Or, the players are just playing good enough that it doesn't matter what all those guys and gals are doing.

Seriously though, I do wonder if Boone, who has kinda sucked at some of the in-game management, actually has some skills when it comes to leading a much larger team of of coaches. He does seem to be decent at communicating with and motivating players. Maybe he's also good at leading, motivating, and empowering his coaches too.

Boone doesn't seem like a big ego guy. He might be particularly well suited for the changes the Yankees have made. A big cadre of staff isn't worth a damn if the guy in charge isn't willing to listen. Maybe that why Brian kept him around.
 

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Ken Rosenthal has an article in The Athletic today about how NY has cut down on opposing SBs so far this year (fewest SB attempts/successes so far in MLB, 13 and 7), and this excerpt I think is a good example of what Boone actually contributes.

"Equally unexpected: The coach spearheading the Yankees’ increased emphasis on throwing out baserunners attempting to steal is new third base/outfield coach Luis Rojas, who was part of the Mets’ organization when that team allowed more stolen bases than any other in 2018 and 2019.

Rojas, 40, helped the Mets improve markedly in controlling the running game in 2020 and 2021, his two seasons as manager. But when the Yankees interviewed him for a coaching position last offseason, guarding against stolen bases was not even a topic of discussion.

The Yankees’ announced Rojas’ hiring on Nov. 15. In December, after the start of the owners’ lockout, he was at Yankee Stadium, meeting with Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Their conversation turned so spirited, the two strolled out to the field and talked through different offensive and defensive plays.

Upon returning inside, Boone and Rojas began speaking with some of the Yankees’ analysts about controlling the running game. Rojas explained that he took on that responsibility with the Mets, who last season ranked 20th in stolen bases allowed — a dramatic improvement from years past.

As Rojas recalled, Boone said, “You want to do it? Let’s go. Go ahead and do it.”"

He is the face of the team who essentially serves as a press secretary, I think most of his actual baseball duties have been delegated to NY's increasingly impressive coaching staff. Your answer to this may be along the lines of "that's what a good CEO does, they delegate", but Boone is far from a CEO.
 

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He is the face of the team who essentially serves as a press secretary, I think most of his actual baseball duties have been delegated to NY's increasingly impressive coaching staff. Your answer to this may be along the lines of "that's what a good CEO does, they delegate", but Boone is far from a CEO.
I wouldn't use the term CEO. Leader works well enough. But yeah, I have a different perspective on small unit leadership.
 

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Well, with everyone rotating in and out of the lineup, good thing it wasn't Stanton's day to ride the pine!
Cease only had given up one HR all season before tonight, two to Stanton in the first three innings.
 

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The bullpen has been so awesome that I feel a little sad for Loaisiga who has so much talent but has been struggling.
 

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When LaRussa first managed the White Sox, the Yankee manager was Billy Martin. This is a fact, not a joke.

I hope people got to see that 7 run 8th, that was pretty fun.

So maybe the ball will be fine once it warms up, it was around 90 for this game.
 

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Gleyber is confident again, impressive walk to keep that inning alive and great baserunning as was mentioned.
 

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NY sent Luis Gil back down after the game, no corresponding move announced yet.

It's hard to figure out the corresponding move as most potential pitcher replacements either pitched a lot in the last couple days or have not been down for 15 days, possibly Deivi or even Luis Medina come up as an emergency long guy for a few days.
 

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Velasquez seems due for a regression at some point with his xERA, he doesn’t go deep into games, and the White Sox bullpen is a mess. This might be another football score game.
 

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Last night's started with 2 outs and nobody on, unlike that one. But that one was a comeback from 6-1 in the 9th against the Red Sox, so it probably wins.
 

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Clarke Schmidt is back in Gil's spot, nice. I thought he wasn't eligible yet but makes sense that there are different rules for the guys who had to be dropped at the end of April (cutting from 28 to 26).
 

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I've never been a fan of Hicks' swing, but it's looking longer than ever right now. He's always had an uppercut, but it really seems like he's trying to hit every single pitch into the upper deck in right when he's hitting lefty.
 

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Rizzo with a rare day off, Hicks 9th is interesting:

1 1B DJ LeMahieu
2 RF Aaron Judge
3 3B Josh Donaldson
4 DH Giancarlo Stanton
5 2B Gleyber Torres
6 LF Joey Gallo
7 SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa
8 C Jose Trevino
9 CF Aaron Hicks
 

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I watched but I was behind and it is harder to catch up on an Amazon game.

Stanton/Judge/Donaldson/Gallo with 8 HRs between them the last two games here.

Also IKF WTF, Peraza is really young for AAA but is starting to heat up there and is almost certainly an immediate defensive upgrade.
 

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Today's game is 7 PM EST, Montgomery vs Keuchel.

The White Sox pen looks pretty burnt after the past two games, I wonder if they'll make a bullpen move today.
 

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Hicks sits, Higgy catches.

1. DJ LeMahieu 3B
2. Aaron Judge CF
3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton RF
5. Josh Donaldson DH
6. Gleyber Torres 2B
7. Joey Gallo LF
8. Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
9. Kyle Higashioka C