7/18 - Chirinos at German: Tired of Tampa

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Much respect to the Rays, but man am I tired of seeing them. They've got a scrappy squad and most games are a dogfight. The overall results against them are good at 10-5, but it is almost always a challenge.

While I'm a little weary of them, I do like to see what new young player that they'll throw into the mix and that produces right away. Brosseau seems like the latest one. I like him.

I hope he sucks tonight.
 

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Scary weather in the area, feels like 101 currently and the remnants of Hurricane Barry coming through. Hopefully it doesn't end up in a truncated outing for German, as he is probably their best SP right now.

The young guy who will presumably play tonight who has inexplicably sat for all of the first two games is Nate Lowe, the AL Player of the Week last week. NY started two lefties so he sat, but his numbers in a few games against lefties have been ok, and TB didn't even pinch-hit him late yesterday. He hit two HRs against NY in the series before the break, happy to have him sit but a bit odd.
 

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1. Austin Meadows (L) LF
2. Yandy Diaz (R) 3B
3. Nate Lowe (L) DH
4. Kevin Kiermaier (L) CF
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
6. Ji-Man Choi (L) 1B
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Joey Wendle (L) 2B
9. Willy Adames (R) SS

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Luke Voit (R) 1B
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF
 

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Gleyber sits, Voit dropped down to 7th, Nate Lowe gets to play.
 

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LeMahieu just rolls with the tide, playing three different positions. Boone must talk to him about usage prior to each series, as a courtesy. DJ is probably the most elite “utility” player the Yankees have had since Gil McDougald from 1951-60. Gil played second, third and short. Finished top 10 in MVP voting three times. Career WAR 40.7 in just 10 seasons.

MVP voting discussions in July are silly but DJ might be in the top 5 right now. His homer last night to make it a 3-2 game really started the comeback after Hale escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 7th. He looked in the dugout and closed his fist in a quiet gesture to his teammates. So Old School!
 

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MVP voting discussions in July are silly but DJ might be in the top 5 right now. His homer last night to make it a 3-2 game really started the comeback after Hale escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 7th. He looked in the dugout and closed his fist in a quiet gesture to his teammates. So Old School!
DJ's HR was actually in the 6th, so the sequence of events was old man yells at cloud, DJ's HR, Hale bails out Cortes Jr. in the 7th and pitches the 8th too, Judge and friends go nuts in the 8th. Thank you old man!!
 

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DJ's HR was actually in the 6th, so the sequence of events was old man yells at cloud, DJ's HR, Hale bails out Cortes Jr. in the 7th and pitches the 8th too, Judge and friends go nuts in the 8th. Thank you old man!!
Says the karma guy who thinks Game Thread starters have a role in the outcome! CC was just being himself. Garcia’s reaction upped the ante. How come the Rays did not become inspired by Garcia standing up to CC?

Just kidding, Jon. Everything that happens on the field impacts games in subtle ways. Judge said last night that CC is the team leader. He was being very generous. This team has several leaders. Judge, for sure. Gardner. CC. DJ in a quiet way. Didi in a loose and funny fashion. When you’re winning, everything is good. But I do think this team can fight through slumps because of the various leaders.
 

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Gates are opening on time, it looks right this second like a good bit of the bad weather will miss the city, but they do still expect thunderstorms around 7:45 PM and temperature feels like 103 F currently.
 

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The forecast doesn't look ideal tomorrow either, we'll see. Maybe most of this will have cleared through by 3...
 

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Torrential rain and lightning started around 8, looks like a good call.
 

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NY using the same lineup as above, no word yet on the 26th man but I am betting Chance Adams, especially since NY might be trying a bullpen game in game 2.

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
2. Aaron Judge (R) RF
3. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
4. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
5. Gary Sanchez (R) C
6. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
7. Luke Voit (R) 1B
8. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF
 

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Too bad they can't just agree to halve the doubleheader and move on. It's a horrible day for even one game, let alone two.
 

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Too bad they can't just agree to halve the doubleheader and move on. It's a horrible day for even one game, let alone two.
The funny thing is I think both teams would be relatively happy with that result, NY maintains their lead and TB doesn't get swept on the road.
 

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AL Lowest Opponent OBP (80+ IP)

Justin Verlander .221
* Yonny Chirinos .256
* Domingo German .260
 

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That was a better inning from German, time to make Chirinos throw strikes and hammer them.
 

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Chance Adams starting for Scranton tonight, Estrada and Ford in the lineup, so the 26th man isn't any of them. Clint Frazier is not in the lineup, interesting.

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Absolute incompetence, Boone is tossed for letting him know. Good job, Aaron.
 

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You know it's a problem when you can see the strike zone better from the dugout than from behind home plate.
 

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Tuned in just in time to see Boone thrown out. I take it the strikezone has been lousy?

edit: as I was typing, JA answered my question.
 

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Tuned in just in time to see Boone thrown out. I take it the strikezone has been lousy?
He was totally squeezing German in the first inning, then he called at least three balls strikes against the Yankees, so yeah.
 

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It's this ump's 5th big league game ever, let's just say he is not up to it as of yet.
 

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At least the ump didn't throw out Gardner, which he easily could have.
 

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I see we are training a new generation of incompetent umps, we need to break this union one final time and then require fitness and tests every season that prove they can call a decently accurate game, along with making them secondary to the electronics...
 

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And again the 1-2 pitch is closer than the pitches he is giving Chirinos, I think he is just seeing Chirinos' pitches better but that is no real excuse.

Domingo comes back and gets Meadows anyway, good job.
 

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Nice DP! Not sure if German got his glove on that or it hit the mound, but either way, yay.
 

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Good job by German to settle down and battle through the shitty umpire, 57 pitches through 4.