6/20: Leader of the Band returns

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Aaron Judge will be on the bench tonight, inactive, we think, until Friday. Boone might have to tie him down with duct tape because the Astros are throwing a lefty at the Yanks, kid named Framber Valdez.
Judge is still the leader of this team, even though Sanchez and DJ and frigging Maybin have been carrying the load.
Houston has Altuve back. Still missing Springer and Correa.
Chad Green will open a bullpen game on the mound for NY. Opening pitch due at 7:05 p.m.
Yankees’ bandwagon getting overloaded. Reality check overdue. But let’s enjoy this run while it lasts.
 

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I thought NY needed to clear both a 25 and a 40 man spot for Judge because he was on the 60 day DL, but he is actually only on the 10 day, so they just need to clear a 25 man spot. It's time for Cashman to start moving relievers for international spending cap money again (I think he moved four last deadline, Warren, Shreve, Gallegos, Frare). Cessa and Holder can start the parade out of town, activate Judge and bring up Tarpley or Harvey or JP Feyereisen. Betances will bump someone at some point anyway, it's time to end the Cessa era. You won the trade, Brian (Justin Wilson to DET for Green/Cessa), you don't have to keep him forever.

Or there is a path to delay the decision a few days at least by sending down Cortes Jr after he pitches tomorrow, giving Judge that spot, and then bringing back Chance Adams in five days but then you need a spot again. Cessa looked great today (up 12-1 but still) but I think it still has to be him, addition by subtraction.
 

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I thought NY needed to clear both a 25 and a 40 man spot for Judge because he was on the 60 day DL, but he is actually only on the 10 day, so they just need to clear a 25 man spot. It's time for Cashman to start moving relievers for international spending cap money again (I think he moved four last deadline, Warren, Shreve, Gallegos, Frare). Cessa and Holder can start the parade out of town, activate Judge and bring up Tarpley or Harvey or JP Feyereisen. Betances will bump someone at some point anyway, it's time to end the Cessa era. You won the trade, Brian (Justin Wilson to DET for Green/Cessa), you don't have to keep him forever.

Or there is a path to delay the decision a few days at least by sending down Cortes Jr after he pitches tomorrow, giving Judge that spot, and then bringing back Chance Adams in five days but then you need a spot again. Cessa looked great today (up 12-1 but still) but I think it still has to be him, addition by subtraction.
Cashman thinks Cessa still has some value In a trade, even as a throw-in. It wouldn’t be crazy to see Cessa blossom elsewhere if he can add another pitch to his repertoire.
 

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Cashman thinks Cessa still has some value In a trade, even as a throw-in. It wouldn’t be crazy to see Cessa blossom elsewhere if he can add another pitch to his repertoire.
Yeah, I'm sure he is right and he thinks that value will be maximized around the deadline, but they need the spot now. Anyway we'll see soon, this afternoon or tomorrow.
 

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Yeah, I'm sure he is right and he thinks that value will be maximized around the deadline, but they need the spot now. Anyway we'll see soon, this afternoon or tomorrow.
The organizational target after getting below the cap was always the 2019-2020 window, right? Funny how that worked out. No big name free agent signing. Instead, some stealth moves that Cashman has made his trademark. As good as LeMahieu was in Colorado, the whole baseball world is seeing what he can do now, on a larger stage.

The Yankees have a maneuverability edge on Boston this summer due to the big salaries Dombroski took on with Porcello, Price and Sale, and the extensions they need to nail down on the young stars. Boston may try to do this pennant race without a traditional closer, unless DD trades for one next month.

Over the past three years, you have covered all this ground, Jon. Now we have arrived at the critical phase, making the final move or two that toughens this team for October. Starting pitching. Gotta get one from outside and one or more from inside, off the IL. And Betances. Yanks need him for September and October.
 

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Some thunderstorms coming between now and game time, but hopefully mostly gone by the game window. Very humid again here today, though.
 

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The Astros are on pace to be the 6th team ever to win 100 games in 3 straight seasons:

1929-31 Athletics (2 WS wins, 3 pennants)
1942-44 Cardinals (2 WS wins, 3 pennants)
1969-71 Orioles (1 WS win, 3 pennants)
1997-99 Braves (0 WS wins, 1 pennant)
2002-04 Yankees (0 WS wins, 1 pennant)
 

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The Astros are on pace to be the 6th team ever to win 100 games in 3 straight seasons:

1929-31 Athletics (2 WS wins, 3 pennants)
1942-44 Cardinals (2 WS wins, 3 pennants)
1969-71 Orioles (1 WS win, 3 pennants)
1997-99 Braves (0 WS wins, 1 pennant)
2002-04 Yankees (0 WS wins, 1 pennant)
Those last two teams illustrate how tough it is to win the World Series within the modern playoff system. Went from 67 percent with no playoffs to 33 percent with one round and then 0 percent for the Braves and Yankees.
 

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Those last two teams illustrate how tough it is to win the World Series within the modern playoff system. Went from 67 percent with no playoffs to 33 percent with one round and then 0 percent for the Braves and Yankees.
The complete absence of the Yankee teams from the 40's, 50's and 60's shows nobody really cared about anything but winning the pennant, not by how much.
 

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The complete absence of the Yankee teams from the 40's, 50's and 60's shows nobody really cared about anything but winning the pennant, not by how much.
Also 154 games made it harder to win 100. They did win 102, 102, 99 and 106 from 1936-1939, and WS all four years.
 

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Hicks sits, Judge not activated until Friday as expected.

LeMahieu 3B
Voit DH
Sanchez C
Stanton RF
Encarnacion 1B
Gleyber 2B
Didi SS
Maybin LF
Gardner CF
 

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I hope the fans do not target Stanton or EE if they struggle. Hell, Judge will probably take a few games to get his timing down. Stanton is an easy target. Not sure why.
 

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It's pretty stupid, but I have learned/realized in recent years that Yankee fans as a whole are quite quite stupid.
 

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Check his bank account
Nah. Not in this case. Yanks get $30M after 2020 if Stanton doesn’t opt out. So he is really just costing them $15.33 M from 2018-20. That’s reasonable. It gets ugly in 2021.

I think they boo because he seems so laid-back all the time. It’s a visceral thing for fans. JD Drew was similar. Talented, so smooth.

From Cot’s:

13 years/$325M (2015-27), plus 2028 option
  • signed extension with Miami 11/19/14, avoiding arbitration
  • 15:$6.5M, 16:$9M, 17:$14.5M, 18:$25M, 19:$26M, 20:$26M, 21:$29M, 22:$29M, 23:$32M, 24:$32M, 25:$32M, 26:$29M, 27:$25M, 28:$25M club option ($10M buyout)
  • Stanton may opt out of contract after 2020 season
  • full no-trade protection
  • award bonuses: $50,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, All-Star. $0.1M for league MVP. $0.25M for LCS MVP. $0.5M for World Series MVP
  • perks: right to purchases 8 season tickets annually and stadium luxury suites for 5 games annually
  • Stanton to donate 1 percent of salaries to Marlins club charity
  • largest-ever financial guarantee for MLB player
  • matches Josh Hamilton for contract with highest average annual value for an outfielder
  • matches Ryan Howard for contract with highest average annual value for player with four-plus years of ML service
  • acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Miami 12/9/17, with Marlins paying $30M to Yankees if Stanton does not exercise right to opt out of the contract after the 2020 season
 

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Framber Valdez throws 97 and has a big curveball that is swing-and-miss variety. 23 pitches thru 2 inn8ngs.

Nestor Cortes takes over for Green in the third.
 

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Still scoreless in the fourth. Maybin looks so good in pinstripes. He says all his recent troubles prepared him well for New York. Maybin just ran down a deep fly to left. Choosing him over Clint was a no-brainer. He recorded all three outs in the fourth.
 

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So this is the new reality. Home run hitters back to back to back. EE up now. Valdez suddenly nibbling. 3-0 count.
It's like when TOR had Bautista and Donaldson and Encarnacion and Tulo in a row except it is the entire lineup.
 

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This lineup, even without Judge, is unfair for lefties to face.
They've actually been much better against righties so far but now they have Encarnacion and Stanton and soon Judge, so it's kind of unfair for all pitchers.
 

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Amazingly NY is 14th in the AL in OPS against LHP coming into tonight with a .681 OPS and 2nd in the AL against RHP with a .815 OPS. That is going to change soon, Stanton especially demolishes lefties.
 

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Looked like DJ did everything except hit home runs, now he has 8 in the last 35 games.
 

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Here comes the tarp, this shouldn't be too too long. Not ideal for Cortes Jr. but they only need another inning or two from him anyway.