7/31 - Greinke at Tanaka

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Dear Mr. Tanaka,

The team we both love is struggling a little bit and the injuries continue to mount. Your teammates need some help. You've a been a good player during your time with the Yankees and one I've enjoyed rooting for. I think you understand that much is expected every time you take the mound. Your performance last time out was utter dogshit, but you were professional about it and took one for the team to help the bullpen out. Can't afford that this time. You need to do better. Please make us proud.

Very Respectfully,

EE

P.S: If you can't be as cool as the guy staring back at me from my avatar, DJ gets your spot. Losers aren't cool. I'm sure you understand.
 

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Tanaka on notice!

1 PM start, 4 PM trading deadline, it's going to be a fun afternoon. Greinke already totally shut down NY earlier this year in ARI, that can't happen again.
 

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DJ sits again (he says he is ready but NY is being super cautious), Voit sits but no DL yet:

Hicks CF
Judge DH
Encarnacíon DH
Gregorius SS
Torres 2B
Urshela 3B
Maybin RF
Tauchman LF
Romine C
 

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A good bit of rain in the forecast for this afternoon also, would be wild if the teams were in rain delay at 4 PM when the deadline hits.
 

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I really want to see Robbie Ray walk across the field to the NY dugout mid-game.
 

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Jonathan Holder and Breyvic Valera both in the clubhouse, no moves announced yet.
 

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I know it is irrational, but I feel like Robbie Ray is the kind of pitcher who, if traded to the Yankees, would be at least a mild disappointment, and if traded to the Astros, would turn into the next big thing.

Still like him better than some of the other options though.

At least over the last couple of years, the Yankees seem to have a lot of success taking positions players from outside the organization and turning them into something more. Less so with pitchers. Mostly just small sample sizes and bad luck, I'm sure. I'd love to be pleasantly surprised a bit more often though.
 

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Yeah, that is something that needs to be deeply examined in the offseason, Rothschild probably needs to go.

Nestor Cortes Jr. in the clubhouse too, maybe my much-awaited Cessa being traded move is finally coming.
 

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There are the moves, I wonder how legit Hale's injury is or if they're trying to stash him somehow:

"Prior to today’s game, the Yankees:

- Placed INF Luke Voit on the 10-day IL with a sports hernia
- Placed RHP David Hale on the 10-day IL with a lumbar spine strain (retroactive to 7/28)
- Recalled RHP Jonathan Holder (#56) and INF Breyvic Valera (#36) from @swbrailriders."
 

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So who is Breyvic Valera? I'm a little surprised Ford isn't up, though I guess if DJ is good to go, they'd rather cover 1B with him and EE.

Edit: DJ playing more 1B as he deals with a nagging injury makes sense. Hopefully DJ's health isn't more questionable than we think.
 

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Valera was picked up midseason and has been great in AAA, he has a bit of MLB experience and can play all over. I think the plan starting Friday is DJ at 1B, Urshela at 3B, Encarnacion back at DH, plus Gardner will be back then too, so Wade or Valera will go back to AAA anyway (and all of that is pending any roster moves today).
 

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"The Diamondbacks have a chance to do something that only two teams have ever done against the Yankees: sweep a season series of four or more games...the A's went 12-0 against the Yankees in 1990, and the Mets went 4-0 in the Subway Series in 2013"
 

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Overall, I've enjoyed this season's version of the The Walking Dead. Watching a team overcome challenges is fun. But seeing all the names on a list is sobering. Even with guys coming back, I'm worried about performances moving forward.

I don't know what the tipping point is, but it could be close.

From CBS Sports:

CC Sabathia (Expected to be out until at least Aug 14)
Luke Voit (Expected to be out until at least Aug 15)
DJ LeMahieu (Expected to be out until at least Aug 2)
David Hale (Expected to be out until at least Aug 7)
Gary Sanchez (Expected to be out until at least Aug 5)
Dellin Betances (Expected to be out until at least Aug 20)
Jonathan Loaisiga (Expected to be out until at least Aug 7)
Luis Severino (Expected to be out until at least Sep 1)
Brett Gardner (Expected to be out until at least Aug 2)
Ben Heller (Expected to be out until at least Sep 1)
Giancarlo Stanton (Expected to be out until at least Aug 15)
Greg Bird (Expected to be out until at least Aug 10)
Jacoby Ellsbury (Expected to be out until at least Sep 1)
Jordan Montgomery (Expected to be out until at least Aug 15)
Miguel Andujar Out for the season
 

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To the forgoing incredible casualty report, which Cashman couldn't possibly forsee add the following factors:

He took a calculated gamble that CC and Tanaka both had one more full season in their tank, and today we may find out if he craps out on both ends of this risk, but it was still a reasonable gamble.

Clearly all of MLB has no idea how to deal with one, real, no-kidding-around trade deadline. Then add the unexpected tightening of several races and we have an unusual number of teams who can't decide if they are buyers or sellers, or both. There are no rules atm, most of what has actually gone down qualifies as improbable chaos. Sellers are afraid to sell, setting prices prohibitively high and buyers are almost all reluctant.

Unless things align almost magically, we are unlikely to get very deep into the playoffs. Hard to buck such headwinds, oh and it might help if Aaron can get his head straightened out at the plate...
 

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Only EE with a competitive AB in first inning. Hicks and Judge took strike three fast balls down the middle. Didi popped out on second pitch he saw.
 

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Once he fell behind 3-1, I was convinced they were pitching around Tauchman to get to Romine. Probably should've.
 

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I didn't realize how much junk Greinke throws. Sort of doubt he'd be anywhere near a 3.00 ERA in the AL.
 

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It would be pretty fitting for this season if NY's big deadline acquisition was a guy who was hurt.

"#BlueJays’ Ken Giles remains in play after receiving a cortisone shot in his elbow yesterday. #Yankees, #Rays have at least inquired, sources say."
 

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NY with a very well rested pen today, Boone is itching to go to them with another off day tomorrow.
 

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First career opposite field HR for Tauchman. He is not young but he is blossoming before our eyes.
 

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Greinke's pitch count at 55, first game with three walks this season.
 

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And Gleyber pops up the first pitch, he also needs to get back to himself ASAP.
 

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Top of the order for ARI too, I would go to Green.

Thunderstorm in Jersey City right now too.