7/26: Big Maple Time

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The low point of this season for NY came in mid-April. The White Sox hammered Masahiro Tanaka to take a series from NY, meaning that within the first 15 games of the year, NY had lost home series to the Orioles, Tigers and White Sox and were a lousy 6-9.

Game 16 was pitched by the enigmatic James Paxton and was easily his best game of the year. Facing the similarly reeling Red Sox (6-11) and their struggling (at the time) ace Chris Sale, Paxton was dominant, 8 2 0 0 1 12 in a 8-0 NY win. NY has not looked back since, going 60-27 since then despite many injuries.

Paxton started this hideous run by NY starting pitchers last Sunday, getting shelled by the Rockies. Tonight he will end it by recapturing that mid-April magic, the first time he has faced Boston since that mid-April game.

 

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"The Yankees have allowed 54 runs over their last five games, tied for the most runs allowed in any 5-game span in franchise history. The Yankees also did it in September 1930 and June 1912."
 

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Pitching in Fenway can be intimidating, especially when a pitcher is not sharp and focused. Paxton has succeeded in Fenway, as you note. We should see a competitive game tonight, as opposed to last night.
Cashner has a lot of weight on his shoulders, too.
Expecting a 4-hour game tonight with bullpens deciding the outcome.
 

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Regardless of the outcome, I'd love a pitchers duel. These high octane offensive games are getting old really fast.
 

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Regardless of the outcome, I'd love a pitchers duel. These high octane offensive games are getting old really fast.
You don’t win everything in October with mediocre starting pitching. So your point is well taken. Abbey will soon chime in with how well the starters pitched earlier this month but the real test comes after six months. How well do they pitch after running up 150 to 180 innings.
 

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Maybin is back, in Tarpley's spot. It's a day or two earlier than they wanted to do it but he has played three AAA games at least (although just one in the OF and two at DH, I think).
 

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Rays need to swoop in last minute and steal him. They have the prospects and they’ve had scouts watching him recently.
Would be a good pickup. Your rotation looks pretty good next year already, especially once Honeywell, Glasnow, and Snell are healthy.
 

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I enjoy the overview VORP and others bring to Yankee game threads. This race is not just about the Yankees. These pre-game insights remind us of that.

Somehow, we need to embed an Astros fan in SOSH.
 

jon abbey

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"Cameron Maybin returns after missing 27 games. His AL Ranks out of 183 players w 125+ PA:

BA .314 (10th)
OBP .391 (9th)
Pit/PA 4.26 (14th)
Chase% 20.8 (11th)"
 

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"The Yankees have allowed 54 runs over their last five games, tied for the most runs allowed in any 5-game span in franchise history. The Yankees also did it in September 1930 and June 1912."
I'll take either of those endings, especially the latter (as written not as dated)
 

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The last 8 times NY has given up 19 runs or more, they’ve won the next game, going back to 1928.

Also because Terry misunderstood something I wrote above, Paxton does have a sub-2 ERA career against the Red Sox and dominated them in NY in April, but tonight will be the first time he’s ever pitched in Fenway.
 

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The last 8 times NY has given up 19 runs or more, they’ve won the next game, going back to 1928.

Also because Terry misunderstood something I wrote above, Paxton does have a sub-2 ERA career against the Red Sox and dominated them in NY in April, but tonight will be the first time he’s ever pitched in Fenway.
My bad. Amazing that he has never pitched in Fenway. Must be the injuries. One start every year against Boston, all in Seattle or NY. Sox hitting.182 against Paxton in 121 ABs. He dominated them in all but the 2018 start.
 

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Hicks with the day off because you can't sit the god known to us mortals as Mike Tauchman:

3B LeMahieu
RF Judge
DH Encarnación
SS Gregorius
1B Voit
2B Torres
LF Maybin
CF Tauchman
C Romine
 

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RAB makes a good point. Today's catcher was the final pitcher last night. Has that ever happened before?
 

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I would say under if Paxton hadn't been so bad in the first inning recently.
 

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It really doesn't feel like it, in part because the fan base is a giant maw of sucking stupidity (people here excepted obviously), but the Yankees go into tonight's game with the best record in all of MLB (by percentage points over the Dodgers).
 

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Is Judge hurt? Why hasn't he pulled any homers this year?
It's just his approach, he waits on the ball as long as he can. He tried to pull one in his last AB against MIN and barely missed, really high fly to the warning track.
 

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If Paxton can get through the first and keep it to 1-2 runs, he does generally get much better after that, but that's a big IF at this point.
 

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Paxton has an ERA of 10 in the 1st inning, but then it drops significantly in inning 2-5.

Edit. What Jon said.
He had the best ERA in the AL after the 1st inning before his last start, but he sucked the whole game in that one.
 

jon abbey

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It's just a horrendous week, but they should think about letting Green open for Paxton.
 

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Playing in hostile Fenway is a good test for this team. We’ll see what they learn from it as the long season heads into August.
 

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Can't wait for the team to get out of this pitching rut. This is what our starters did during the playoffs last year.