7/22: Yanks have only just begun

terrynever

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The season really doesn’t get serious until the July 31 deadline has passed. However, the Yankees have built a nice cushion heading into a two-week stretch of games against Minnesota, Boston (8 games) and Arizona that concludes on Aug. 4.
Yanks visit Minnesota tonight for the opener of a three-game series. Two lefties, CC Sabathia, and Martin Perez, square off against two of baseball’s best offenses. The Twins are on pace to hit around 290 homers this season. They lead the Yankees by 17 homers, 182-165. The lineup is deep, led by Eddie Rosario, Nelson Cruz, Jorge Polanco, Max Kepler and Miguel Sano.
Martin Perez is 8-3 this season with an ERA slightly over 4. His WHIP is 1.3. CC is pretty similar in terms of baserunners. The Yankees own several hitters who have feasted on Perez in the past, small samples, when he pitched for Texas. Didi and EE to name a couple.
Basically, two savvy lefties vs. powerful and deep offenses in front of a Yankee-hating full house of midwesterners. Two first-place teams. Past history means little. The Twins have a new manager, Rocco Baldelli, whom the players respect and play hard for. Kind of like Aaron Boone and his players.
8:10 game, EST.
 
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NY has a big advantage in the bullpen here, although Paxton's short start yesterday means Ottavino, Green and Tarpley are probably out tonight.
 

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Actually NY sent Tarpley back down and brought back Holder (shudder).
 

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Yeah, actually his numbers in AAA were a lot better the past two weeks after a lousy first week, so maybe.
 

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Also referenced elsewhere on the site but if you did not see this pitch yesterday....

https://twitter.com/i/status/1152761834702856192

This is the screwball, haven't seen one in decades, if anyone could do this repeatedly....
There was a lefty named Danny Ray Herrera who threw a screwball a few years ago. Was part of the Josh Hamilton trade. Pitched for the Reds and Mets, but I don't think his was anywhere as nasty as the one you linked.
 

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Amusingly that was the fastest Encarnacion ran to first all season (4.66), but not quite fast enough.

CC serving up some BP early on.
 

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Perez strikes out the side on 10 pitches in the second, impressive.
 

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7-3. Somebody named Mitch Garver.

4 homers for Twins so far and CC is still out there, trying to get third out. He’s not really in trouble because everyone is hitting homers. Now he walks Polanco on 4 pitches, bring Rothschild out for an EKG.
 

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CC is awesome, truly a leader in the clubhouse. Deep down he knows the Yankees need another SP for a shot at a postseason run. Clearly, he took one for the team to help prod Cashman into action. Not a lot of time before the deadline.

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Love DJ. Love him.
 

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CC is awesome, truly a leader in the clubhouse. Deep down he knows the Yankees need another SP for a shot at a postseason run. Clearly, he took one for the team to help prod Cashman into action. Not a lot of time before the deadline.

Also:

Love DJ. Love him.
Tough situation coming in October. CC ends HOF career on inactive list.