5/17: First place at stake

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Here comes Tampa with budding star Austin Meadows leading the way. Rays throwing one of their openers, Ryan Stanek or Yonny Chirinos tonight, followed by aces Blake Snell and Charlie Morton the next two games. Yanks counter with CC Sabathia tonight. Tanaka on Saturday, Mr. Undecided on Sunday. And their awesome bullpen, awesome now that Chad Green seems fixed and Tommy Kahnle is lights out again. Nice coaching there, in both Scranton and NY.
Meadows, stolen from Pittsburgh last July in the Chris Archer deal, is hitting .348 with 8 HR and 21 RBI in 89 ABs. OPS of 1.122. He is a 6-foot-3, 220-pound right fielder who can run. 23 years old.
Tampa is better on the road than in The Dump. 14-5 vs. 12-10. The Rays’ team pitching ERA is 2.82, easily the best among AL clubs.
Yankees took two of three in The Dump last weekend. They trail Tampa by one-half game while Boston sits four back. The Sox host red-hot Houston this weekend.
 
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Last May NY did 38 year old Erik Kratz a favor. He was stuck in Scranton and while NY could have probably used the depth, they traded him to MIL (although I see now NY got a 23 year old who is their AA 2B in exchange, so not as purely generous as I thought when starting this post). He ended up getting around 200 PAs for the NL-leading Brewers, and another 24 in the playoffs including 5-8 in his first two games (and 2-16 the rest of the way).

But despite becoming a postseason legend for MIL, they signed Grandal and traded Kratz to SF in spring training. He went 4-32 for them with 1 HR and was DFAd last week. Who was his one HR against? Yep, the Yankees and Luis Cessa. Who picked him up before this weekend's series? Yep, TB.
 

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I might grab my old catcher’s mitt and head down to the Bronx just in case. Rays catchers are cursed this season.

After the 1-0 win in Miami on Wed, Rays are now 2-7 in one-run games. Pretty crazy stat given their overall record.

I like Terry getting Meadows fever....I’m looking forward to at least a couple over that short porch in right.

I like you guys but I hate playing in the AL East.
 

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I like the Rays, VORP. They have again become a worthy adversary for the two rich clubs in the East. Their manager is a shrewd guy when it comes to handling a pitching staff. Longoria was a superstar a decade ago and now Meadows seems poised to be that guy. Only 89 ABs, though. Maybe he has a weakness that AL pitchers haven’t found yet. We can only hope so.
The East is more fun with three elite teams. I hope all three can make the postseason. But in doing so, they are eating their own hides.
Be interesting to see if CC gets in a bad mood tonight. He takes his job as team leader and protector very seriously. There are two rules in CC’s world: Don’t bunt on me and don’t make my hitters target practice.
 

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As I mentioned in a past game thread, the Rays have done the bulk of their damage against teams under .500. 18-8. The jury is still out on if this team is a serious threat to Bos/NY or just a 3rd place bully.
 

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As I mentioned in a past game thread, the Rays have done the bulk of their damage against teams under .500. 18-8. The jury is still out on if this team is a serious threat to Bos/NY or just a 3rd place bully.
This is a non-point, sorry. Current records against teams over .500:

TB: 8-7
NYY: 6-7 (it was 0-5 three series ago)
BOS: 4-6
MIN: 8-8
CLE: 4-6
HOU: 9-9

Especially with those being the only six AL teams currently over .500, it reveals nothing.
 

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Winning pennants has always been about beating up on the bad teams and playing the leaders slightly better than even. Boston feasted on the Orioles last year. Hardly above .500 against them this year. But it’s early. The bad teams tend to give up in August.
 

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The thing about Yankee game threads is we always want to respect the opponent. That’s a basic concept in sports. it’s pretty easy to see the Rays are legit.
 

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The thing about Yankee game threads is we always want to respect the opponent. That’s a basic concept in sports. it’s pretty easy to see the Rays are legit.
The Rays are totally legit so far. Who knows if they’ll keep it up, but if anything they’ve had bad luck, lost a lot of close games, etc
 

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btw if I had suggested on opening day that this would be our lineup on May 17 and we were battling for 1st place in our division, everyone would have suggested I get off the very bad drugs...
I would have been psyched about Urshela replacing Andujar at 3B personally. Bring back one of Stanton/Judge, Paxton and Betances and I'm a happy guy, Didi is quite welcome also.
 

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btw if I had suggested on opening day that this would be our lineup on May 17 and we were battling for 1st place in our division, everyone would have suggested I get off the very bad drugs...
Yeah, because optimism is not your bag, Coup. If we had told you this was the lineup, you would have jumped off the bridge in Manchester.
 

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1B @YandyDiaz72
LF @TphamLV
DH @austin_meadows
RF @AvisailGarcia
SS @willya02
3B @D_Robertson28
C d'Arnaud
2B @Sweet_n_Lowe5
CF Heredia
P @rstanek_55
 

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Gonna miss the first two hours tonight to sit in a bar with Red Sox fans. Don’t know what I did in my life to put me in this situation. Coup, you gotta take over and remind people that Moose Skowron would have kayoed Luke Voit with one punch.
 

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Severino is great if he is healthy and back to form, but who are you dropping from the rotation to make room?
 

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Severino is great if he is healthy and back to form, but who are you dropping from the rotation to make room?
These things always solve themselves, but you could always actually do the six man rotation thing. CC will probably need a DL stint at some point though.
 

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That Adames HR didn’t even qualify as ‘hard-hit’ which is 95+, it was 94.
 

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These things always solve themselves, but you could always actually do the six man rotation thing. CC will probably need a DL stint at some point though.
I mean, I’d love a healthy Severino back but those other guys I think would all be much bigger improvements on the current roster, all I was saying.
 

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Short RF maybe cost Kendrys a RBI single there, outfielder can play shallower.
 

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Wow that was a quick hook on Ottavino, I thought Boone might try to stay away from Britton/Chapman since they both pitched twice on Wednesday, but I guess not.
 

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Wow that was a quick hook on Ottavino, I thought Boone might try to stay away from Britton/Chapman since they both pitched twice on Wednesday, but I guess not.
I agree, but I also saw it coming. I think it's a little over-managey, but I get the strategy with the changeup versus Meadows.
 

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CC has a 2.97 ERA, which would be 10th in the AL if he qualified.
 

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Stop giving Chirinos that pitch off the plate! Three this inning.

Never mind, he’s done.
 

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Frazier is not a great outfielder, he has sucked since coming back.