6/23 - 6/26: Astros at Yankees

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The Cheatin' Astros are in town. Though I think it makes Yankees fans look stupid, the F Altuve chants will be in full voice. Another series win to close out this stretch would be a big statement.

Game 1: Taillon (8-1, 2.70 ERA) vs Valdez (7-3, 2.78 ERA)
Game 2: Severino (4-1, 3.27 ERA) vs Verlander (8-3, 2.30 ERA)
Game 3: Cole (6-1, 3.14 ERA) vs Javier (4-3, 3.07 ERA)
Game 4: Cortes (6-3, 2.31 ERA) vs Urquidy (6-3, 4.68 ERA)

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lepSvyL722A
 

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NY’s home winning streak is still active at 14, their longest since 1961.
 

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I appreciate you starting this thread @cromulence. I've been really bad at threads this year....the most winning year we've ever had. If we lost yesterday, I was never starting one again.
 

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Donaldson sits, Trevino plays a second straight day.

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

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Very surprised that they have Beltran doing the Astros series. Whole thing is kind of awkward.
 

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Taillon with an absolutely awful start to the game. HBP, ripped single, long HR, both hits on terrible offspeed pitches.
 

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Super annoying, the YES broadcast DVR window somehow started at 7:30, so it was already 3-3 when I started it. Grrrr...
 

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The top six of this Astros lineup are loaded plus they are getting Pena back in the next day or two, tough road for opposing SPs.

The Yankee rotation finally starting to come back to earth a bit, wonder if they will try to work Sears back in again for a start or two soon.
 

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I have not seen much of this game but Rizzo's 16 pitch walk off Valdez in the 6th got him out of the game a full inning earlier, after 6 innings/100 pitches despite only giving up two hits. We'll see if that matters.
 

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Pressley had high leverage pitches against the Mets yesterday and looks much less sharp.
 

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From the get go when Altuve got hit by Taillon, then an exchange of three run homers, this game has been super intense.
 

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8-2 now with 3 games to go in this tough stretch, 15 wins in a row at home.
 

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2022 performance is not supposed to be a factor, only through 2021.
Good thing for the Yankees. I'm not going to study the precedent cases but I have to believe if the arbitrator is a human he's maybe slightly more biased towards Judge than he used to be.
 

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8 NY batters in the 9th against Pressley and Stanek, 4-5 with 3 BBs, everyone reached except Gallo.
 

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Verlander/Severino tomorrow, that’s gonna be another fun atmosphere.
 

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NY had no hits for a 28 batter stretch between Stanton’s HR in the 1st and Hicks’ in the 9th, and still scored 7 runs in a 9 inning game.
 

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So, is our SP coming back to earth or is it competition with better scouting and analytics?
The pitching staff collectively has similar numbers to Robbie Ray's Cy Young season last year (this is not an exaggeration), so some coming back to earth should be expected.
 

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One interesting thing to keep an eye on for the rest of the series is that NY didn't use any of their best relievers last night while HOU has used all of their top four guys both of the last two days.
 

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Gallo sits against Verlander, Trevino too.

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

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Dear Michael Kay, or whoever is feeding you info...

It is indeed factually correct that this Yankee team is somehow a game ahead of the pace of the 1998 team, 52-18 to 51-19 coming into tonight. If you're going to say that on air though, I highly recommend adding the context that the 1998 team immediately followed that with a 14-1 stretch to get to 65-20, followed by a 27-10 stretch to their season peak, 92-30. That was August 18, imagine having such a good record that you could coast for the last month and a half into a 114 win season, 22-18 to end before the 11-2 postseason.

Thanks,
Jon