7/30: Happ vs. Means

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Yanks send their 37-year-old lefty J.A. Happ against Orioles’ 27-year-old lefty John Means. 7:05 start tonight.

We might see Miguel Andujar in left in place of the hitless Brett Gardner. And same at catcher with Kyle Higashioka subbing for also hitless Gary Sanchez.

Getaway game for Yanks, who return home Friday to face Boston in a three-game weekend series.
 

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Yep, I was thinking those replacements too. Means has a huge platoon split (.746 OPS allowed to righties, just .556 to lefties) and this year with no Didi, it is easy for NY to go with an all righty lineup:

LeMahieu 2B
Judge RF
Torres SS
Stanton DH
Hicks CF
Voit 1B
Andujar LF
Urshela 3B
Higashioka C

Means faced NY twice last August and was knocked out in the fourth both games, one of which Urshella and Higgy both had two HRs (only 1 of the 4 was against Means though).

Also Renato Núñez absolutely owns Happ, 11-for-19 with four home runs, a double and two walks.
 

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Happ is the key to this game because sooner or later, Means will get worn down. Happ just needs to keep the game close until then. Of course, keeping your team in the game is pretty much the definition of a No. 5 starter.
 
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Andujar in there, Sanchez playing again, quite the impressive lineup with Andujar hitting 9th (!!):

LeMahieu 2B
Judge RF
Torres SS
Stanton DH
Hicks CF
Voit 1B
Sanchez C
Urshela 3B
Andujar LF
 

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Andujar in there, Sanchez playing again, quite the impressive lineup with Andujar hitting 9th (!!):

LeMahieu 2B
Judge RF
Torres SS
Stanton DH
Hicks CF
Voit 1B
Sanchez C
Urshela 3B
Andujar LF
How does it compare it to 2004? A good study project for me. Or Brand Name! Let’s put her to work.
 

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2004 still had Miguel Cairo in the game 1 ALCS lineup, I think the best lineups were with Cano hitting 9th his first season or two right after that.
 

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Some of these guys were no longer in their prime, but 2005 was an impressive one at full strength:

Jeter SS
A-Rod 3B
Giambi DH
Sheffield RF
Matsui LF
Cano 2B
Bernie CF
Posada C
Tino 1B

This was their game 2 ALDS lineup.
 

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Some of these guys were no longer in their prime, but 2005 was an impressive one at full strength:

Jeter SS
A-Rod 3B
Giambi DH
Sheffield RF
Matsui LF
Cano 2B
Bernie CF
Posada C
Tino 1B

This was their game 2 ALDS lineup.
Posada hitting 8th! My idea of the traditional lineup with holes at the bottom went out the window with those teams. Bernie and Tino were over the hill by then but still scary.
 

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Posada hitting 8th! My idea of the traditional lineup with holes at the bottom went out the window with those teams.
The 2003 Red Sox team was the best lineup I remember, also some of those Indians teams with Thome and Manny Ramirez in the middle. Not many that go 1 to 9, the 2003 Sox one did, the NY ones with Cano at 9 did, this one tonight does.
 

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The 2003 Red Sox team was the best lineup I remember, also some of those Indians teams with Thome and Manny Ramirez in the middle. Not many that go 1 to 9, the 2003 Sox one did, the NY ones with Cano at 9 did, this one tonight does.
Agree with all that. Especially the ending. Wish this were a real season. But just watching this team in 2020 is enough for me. There is greatness here, led by Mr. Cole.
 

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Seems like some sort of disconnect with the balls and strikes count on YES. Twice now there have been mistakes.

The remote broadcasting is working better than I thought it would, but there definitely seems to be some quirks.
 

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7 iinning doubleheader games is the breaking point, whatever the fuck they want to call it, it's not baseball and the entire bogus season will never be accepted by honest fans as anything
Eh, if it ends up as Yankees/Dodgers, that's what was supposed to happen anyway. If it doesn't, then it's not baseball. :)
 

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Oh, I'll watch as long as they keep it going, then it simply has to be agreed that whatever this was is not an official season, nothing that happened gets entered into any stats or is recognized by the HoF for any reason whatsoever....
 

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I agree. I'd prefer large portions of greatness, but I'll take whatever meager portions this season can give.

All the teams are laboring under the same constraints. If the Yankees win it all, they were the best team this year.

Not ideal, but I'm fine with that.
 

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Yeah, every year is different. When the Twins won in 1987 with a 85-77 record because they won all four home games in the WS (while reportedly opening a tunnel to create wind only while they were up at bat), that was pretty dubious but it counted. When the Astros won in 2017 because they cheated flagrantly all season long, that was pretty dubious but it counted. Etc...

But there will be plenty of time to litigate the legitimacy of a WS win this year if and when we get there, let's see what actually happens.
 

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Gleyber has a right elbow contusion, x-rays negative, so that's good.
 

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Legitimacy? :)

Anyway, a bit off topic but did you guys see Joe West get hit in the head with Bo Bichette's backswing earlier today? The were rivulets of blood running down the side of his head. Still, he came back to man third base an inning and a half later. Reminded me of this: View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFl5ApKUI4c


Say what you want about his umpiring skills, but that dude is tough as a sack of gravel.
 

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Very good news about Gleyber. Given that he was just about the only guy to get through last year significantly unscathed, I was really hoping that trend wasn't carrying over.
 

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Yeah, every year is different. When the Twins won in 1987 with a 85-77 record because they won all four home games in the WS (while reportedly opening a tunnel to create wind only while they were up at bat), that was pretty dubious but it counted. When the Astros won in 2017 because they cheated flagrantly all season long, that was pretty dubious but it counted. Etc...

But there will be plenty of time to litigate the legitimacy of a WS win this year if and when we get there, let's see what actually happens.
The window to win it all for this group actually first opened in 2017, surprisingly. Cole’s arrival in 2020 launches the serious phase for a group that could stay together for five years.
 

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To be clear, by 'when we get there', I meant MLB, not necessarily the Yankees.
 

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Bryan Hoch says there will be more baseball tonight, Loaisiga going to warm up now.
 

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If we're going to be here three more innings, we might as well score more runs.
 

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Disappointing start by Happ, Clarke Schmidt itching for a chance.