7/5-7/6 - Yankees at Pirates

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Tuesday, July 5: Taillon (9-1, 3.32 ERA) vs. Jose Quintana (1-4, 3.43 ERA), 7:05pm EDT

Wednesday, July 6: Severino (4-3, 3.35 ERA) vs. TBD, 7:05pm EDT
 

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Chapman with a bounce back inning though, three straight outs on 11 pitches, and he got to 102 (!!).
 

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No surprise the Yankees brought the fans out in Pittsburgh. Highest game attendance since 2019.
Yeah, I didn't see much of it, but it was like a Yankee Stadium crowd when they were trying to rally late, not even much pushback from any PIT fans there.
 

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Even though the price would be very high, I'd much rather Cashman trade for Bryan Reynolds than Ian Happ.
 

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Ha, I was literally coming to start a post with "Poor Manny"...

Talk about surreal, a Yankee last week, now on PIT, in PIT, making his PIT debut against the Yankees of all teams despite being in the other league, with the crowd in PIT literally chanting "let's go Yankees!!!". No wonder he couldn't throw a strike.

Also Judge came up there after Manny had loaded the bases with consecutive walks where nothing was close, and he swung and missed at the first pitch, which wouldn't have been close to a strike either. Many people ask in that situation "why would you swing?" and the answer (I was thinking this to myself before the second pitch) is that you are expecting that that pitch will be the meatball down the middle that you can crush. This time that was the second pitch. :)
 

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Maybe Gallo can revert to form and be Vanmeter's first strikout. :)
I saw this comment before I saw the 9th and when I saw the guy after Gallo lead off the 9th, I was like 'huh that is a strange mistake for EE to make.' No mistake!

I kind of hate that hits (especially HRs) off position players count in players' individual numbers, it is distorting.
 

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I often like to get stoned mid-Yankee game and wow has that been fun this season, a team on a historic winning pace whose offense often sleepwalks through the first part of games. I smoked tonight at 0-0 with the 5th inning starting, that worked out well. :)
 

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Also it is really shocking to me how bad an announcer Beltran is. Of course there is a learning curve (O'Neill was pretty bad for a while at the start and has gotten a lot better) and the job involves being honest about your baseball observations when players often spend their careers trying to do the opposite, but his consistent lack of insight and repeating of the most obvious observations this far is kind of depressing.
 

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5 games for Abreu since coming back to NY, 5.2 2 0 0 3 7.

Basically NY told him to stop throwing two of his four pitches, somewhat similar to Holmes (focus on your best pitches, maybe develop variations on those instead of throwing entirely different pitches that are clearly less effective) .
 

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Yeah, Beltran really isn't very good at this yet. I wonder if language is holding him back a little. I did think he was a little better in a three man booth with O'Neill and Kay when there was less pressure for him to fill air time.

It probably doesn't help that I can't stand Ruocco. Him and Flaherty are nails on a chalk board to me. If Ruocco is the heir apparent to Michael Kay, I hope Kay lives forever.
 

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NY had 16 runs on 22 hits and 8 walks.

PIT had 0 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk.
 

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It probably doesn't help that I can't stand Ruocco. Him and Flaherty are nails on a chalk board to me. If Ruocco is the heir apparent to Michael Kay, I hope Kay lives forever.
Yeah I don't like Flaherty, I am not sure about Ruocco yet but I get being irritated. He is like a bouncing puppy dog, full of unnatural excitement when natural would work just fine.

The language thing isn't helping Beltran but honestly I think it is someone spends so many years as a star player talking to the press and your main goal when talking about baseball in public is to talk without saying anything to piss anyone off, like Jeter did his whole career. But as a commentator, your job is close to the opposite and that has got to be hard to learn, compounded by the language issue. The guy is supposed to be legendarily insightful in the dugout about what is going on (much more than any kind of sign stealing) but we are getting close to zero of that so far from what I have heard.
 

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Ruocco is great because he says the right thing and generally has good commentary. His voice is what's not great but who cares, eventually you get used to it. Beltran, you guys have all said it enough but nothing really works for him yet. He doesn't sound or act like an announcer but he's definitely trying hard. Flaherty is one of those dudes that you feel like you're listening to another team's broadcast. The Yankees have always done such an exceptional job both on TV and radio with making their booths entertaining. A lot of other teams sound like scorecard readers and that's how I feel about JF.
 

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Ken Singleton was another player who spent his whole career trying to be non-controversial and just play baseball and it took him a while (kind of a long time, from memory) to get good at announcing but he was good in his final years.