8/10: Bullpen vs. Waguespack

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Chad Green opens for NY in a 3:07 p.m. contest. Blue Jays counter with Wilmer Font, journeyman reliever, late replacement for announced starter, 6-foot-6 righty Jacob Waguespack, who shut out Tampa for six innings in his last start. Dueling bullpen games?
Yanks might get both Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres back in the lineup today. Depends on Boone. They are both ready. Update: Sanchez will start; Torres begins day on bench.
Toronto is playing well, fueled by some amazing young talent. Shortstop Bo Bichette has energized them since coming up from the minors two weeks ago. His diving catch of Didi’s liner with the bases loaded last night was the play of the game.
Yanks have another bullpen game scheduled for Monday in a doubleheader against Baltimore. It would be fun to bring up Deivi Garcia for the opener’s job but that might mess with his head.
 
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Font is starting instead of Waguespack and with Holder out, NY's options for today are even worse. I hope David Hale is back soon, he threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session the other day so that's promising.
 

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Font is starting instead of Waguespack and with Holder out, NY's options for today are even worse. I hope David Hale is back soon, he threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session the other day so that's promising.
Font looks like an opener, too. Dueling bullpen games. Hale would be perfect for this stretch of games. Maybe he will be ready by Monday?
 

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Nice to see Sanchez back and hopefully he contributes immediately. It'd be nice also to see Judge being more assertive at the plate. He hasn't been terrible but hasn't been great or the force we expect. It's really puzzling how such a good hitter could relapse and get fooled by pitches that he seemingly overcame. I'm alluding to pitches that are low and way outside.
 

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Nice to see Sanchez back and hopefully he contributes immediately. It'd be nice also to see Judge being more assertive at the plate. He hasn't been terrible but hasn't been great or the force we expect. It's really puzzling how such a good hitter could relapse and get fooled by pitches that he seemingly overcame. I'm alluding to pitches that are low and way outside.
Judge has gone into a lengthy slump every year of his big league career and fights his way out. Even 2017, he slumped for six weeks after winning the HR Derby, then had a big September. He’s got a long swing and guys with long swings historically have timing issues. Just my take. I really have no frigging idea. People say he might still be nursing this year’s oblique. One thing we know is the Yanks go nowhere in October with Judge struggling.
 

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Judge flies out to deep center in first inning. Cone says it had the proper sound but ball did not carry. Called it “strange” to see Judge hit a ball like that and have it come down on the warning track.
 

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exactly what we were afraid of..... Tarpley commences poorly.... and then found a groove. then lost it and walked himself into trouble. The result is stumbling improvisation that avoided damage that leads to the worst possible situation...
 

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Turned it on during that inning, did not expect him to get Bichette. I still don't really know how NY expects to get through the first six innings here.
 

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Heh, I was watching with no sound and was so impressed that Vlad made that play, but it makes way way more sense that it was actually Galvis.
 

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the good news is neither team has any plan today, this is all pure 'vamping' by casts that hope someone does well enough that they can cheat a few extra outs from them before real damage is done
The difference is that Waguespack is a starter who threw 96 pitches 5 days ago, Tarpley I don't think can go past 50 or 60 and has already used a lot of those.
 

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34 pitch 1st inning followed by a 12 pitch 2nd inning against the heart of the TOR lineup for Tarpley.
 

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Just watched Tarpley go thru heart of order with 2 Ks in third inning. Need to navigate two more innings.

No hits in this game yet.
 

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Let's not forget that Sanchez loves to hit in August, 1.133 career OPS (23 HRs in 52 games before today).
 

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DJ with a sliding catch of a pop fly behind first. Casey Stengel would have loved DJ, who is Gil McDougald, only four inches taller. Stengel played Gil all over the field. The ultimate utility player of the 1950s.
 

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DJ with a sliding catch of a pop fly behind first. Casey Stengel would have loved DJ, who is Gil McDougald, only four inches taller. Stengel played Gil all over the field. The ultimate utility player of the 1950s.
Gil was like Skowron, a great but not quite Cooperstown Yankee who played a decade that anchored the team...
 

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Yanks averaged almost 9 runs per game during the recent 9-game winning streak. They are due to fall back to a normal 5 per game.
 

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Older people do that. Is Cone over 50 yet?

To me, everyone under 50 is a kid.
Sure, but they're doing it just because he is a rookie. He is a year and a half older than Judge, no one is calling him a 'kid'.
 

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Vladdy just hit a screaming 119 mph liner off the LF fence. Kicked back to Tauchman who turned and fired a strike right on the bag to second. Jr. never even thought about second.

The thing about Tauchman is he looks good doing just about everything. Similar to Benintendi..
 

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Sure, but they're doing it just because he is a rookie. He is a year and a half older than Judge, no one is calling him a 'kid'.
You’re probably right, although it’s an assumption on your part, as is my theory. Hardly matters either way. He sure is a pleasure to watch.
 

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So this isn't a bad position for NY, they can go to their big 4 relievers next inning and hope the offense can score 3 runs.
 

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That kid with a sign asking for Judge to hit a homer for him is asking a lot. But Judge does single opening the sixth.
 

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I don't know how long Gio can keep up the power surge, but it sure is nice with some guys out and Judge struggling.