8/7 - Paxton at Means

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Dear James,

You are quite the conundrum wrapped in an enigma. You have loads of talent, but the results have been inconsistent. Certainly health plays a role, but still. Here's the deal: we want to love you, but we need more. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but it is hard not to look ahead to the playoffs and the challenges ahead. The Astros and Dodgers are loaded. It is reasonable to assume that the path to a championship lies through them. It will be a steep climb even if most of the team is healthy, and the main reason for that is starting pitching. You aren't the only one that needs to step up, but realistically, you are one of the few in the rotation with the talent to be great. We're going to need great. Great doesn't mean you've got to go seven innings all the time. Five or six is fine, but they've got to be good innings. We all know what this bullpen can do.

Anyway, that is looking ahead. Right now the focus is on Baltimore. They suck, but their park is still a tough one. Let's take a few steps forward on that path to greatness. You had a good outing against Boston last time out. Let's build on that.

Sanguinely,


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With all the talk of the new ball and grip changes, I wonder if there is someone who the team can hire that is a "grip specialist."
 

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There’s actually a good piece on Paxton in The Athletic today, he started throwing his curve more again last start and he thinks that is most of the issue.
 

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Also is overall run scoring way up, or just HRs? NY had 6 HRs tonight, but only 9 runs. If runs aren't especially up, to me it's just the evolution of the game. Guys throw harder, guys are stronger, a bunch of the NY homers the last two nights have been line drive bullets that just get over the wall (against a historically horrendous staff).
The Mets just hit four home runs at Citi field. Home runs in A & AA (using the minor league ball) are DOWN. The Twins are set to obliterate the team single season home run record set by the Yankees just last year. This is more an evolution of the ball story than an evolution of the game story.
 

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The Mets just hit four home runs at Citi field. Home runs in A & AA (using the minor league ball) are DOWN. The Twins are set to obliterate the team single season home run record set by the Yankees just last year. This is more an evolution of the ball story than an evolution of the game story.
I know all of this, but my question is about run scoring overall. If it is not really up, then it is an evolution of the game thing, more HRs, more strikeouts, less balls in play, less non-HR runs scored. I don't actually know if this is true but I never see it addressed in these stories, just HOME RUNS ARE UP THE GAME WE KNEW IS DEAD OMG I AM OLD.
 

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HOME RUNS ARE UP THE GAME WE KNEW IS DEAD OMG I AM OLD.
I never once complained about home runs being up. I enjoy them, I'll let the pitchers complain. Even when the announcers are openly laughing, replaying a home run 5 times noting how off balance the batter was, I see the humor, especially with a pitcher throwing his arms up, like "what the heck.". The ball has changed, the game has not. Or the ball has changed the game.
 

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Yes, we want to love you James. We really do, but you have to make us feel good when you step on the mound.
 

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I never once complained about home runs being up. I enjoy them, I'll let the pitchers complain. Even when the announcers are openly laughing, replaying a home run 5 times noting how off balance the batter was, I see the humor, especially with a pitcher throwing his arms up, like "what the heck.". The ball has changed, the game has not. Or the ball has changed the game.
The ball changed this year, the game started changing before (more strikeouts every year, the launch angle revolution the last few years). In fact, if one were suspicious, one might guess that MLB (who owns Rawlings) changed the ball this year without telling anyone to try to counterbalance some of the other trends in the changing game.
 

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The ball changed this year, the game started changing before (more strikeouts every year, the launch angle revolution the last few years). In fact, if one were suspicious, one might guess that MLB (who owns Rawlings) changed the ball this year without telling anyone to try to counterbalance some of the other trends in the changing game.
No disagreements here. Why the ball changed this year, I do not know, but changed it has.
 

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Pitchers have been complaining about the baseballs for years. This is the same argument the sport had exactly 100 years ago when Babe Ruth changed the game forever, with the help of tighter baseballs.

When is it all too much? People love to talk about exit velo. But if I am pitching to Aaron Judge or some other masher, maybe exit velo is not as sexy.

As an Old School guy, I miss seeing the ball in play more often, and there is more dead time, longer ABs, etc. The essence of the game has always been hitter vs. pitcher. Until someone gets killed by a line drive, the ball will stay the way it is in 2019.
 

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So the latest is that Chance Adams (ugh) took Tarpley's spot, and Estrada was just there in case they got bad news on Gleyber. But the Gleyber news was good and he is day to day, so Thairo is going back to Scranton.
 

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So the latest is that Chance Adams (ugh) took Tarpley's spot, and Estrada was just there in case they got bad news on Gleyber. But the Gleyber news was good and he is day to day, so Thairo is going back to Scranton.
Why don’t they give Gleyber 10 days off? Not like the Yanks are fighting for their lives right now. And besides, every replacement is better than the injured starter.
 

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Why don’t they give Gleyber 10 days off? Not like the Yanks are fighting for their lives right now. And besides, every replacement is better than the injured starter.
Exactly, he already had one setback. If anything that setback might be a foretelling.
 

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I mean, they can’t find anything wrong with him and he says he feels good now, so they’ll give him a couple of days off and take it from there.
 

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Dodgers a strike away from losing 1-0, our old buddy Russell Martin bounces a two run single up the middle and they win.

Now LAD/HOU/NYY are a combined 20-2 since the deadline.
 

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I mean, they can’t find anything wrong with him and he says he feels good now, so they’ll give him a couple of days off and take it from there.
You’re right. Give him a few days, then get back to the home-field race with Houston. Do you think Boone and Cashman will push this team to the finish for home-field? Is it worth wearing down key players?
 

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Do you think Boone and Cashman will push this team to the finish for home-field? Is it worth wearing down key players?
It shouldn't be an issue after Sept 1, especially if guys start to come back. I think some of these DL stints already have been a bit dubious and more geared towards rest than actual injuries, the Gardner one stands out but also CC talks about how the pain in his knee was a 10 but then they showed a clip of him running across the stage in the theater thing he guested in last weekend (very amusingly, this part of the clip was edited out when they showed it repeatedly on YES, I saw it elsewhere first).
 

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Sure seems like Tauchman is a complete player. Runs well, good arm, has some hops. Might be the best Yankee outfielder, and that is saying something.
 

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Dodgers a strike away from losing 1-0, our old buddy Russell Martin bounces a two run single up the middle and they win.

Now LAD/HOU/NYY are a combined 20-2 since the deadline.
Jack Flaherty has really turned his season around in July. He looks like the ace that they were projecting last year.
 

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Wow! Especially amazing since that is a counting stat and Judge/Tauchman haven’t played so much.
 

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I know we're all watching the standings and this is no news but the Sox are 17 back in the loss column. We are playing .655 baseball this season so far and it would take 653 the rest of the way (including tonight) to lose exactly 17.
 

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No idea the O's were this bad...
Really? They've been historically bad since the start of 2018, they were actually playing their best ball in two years coming into this series (14-12 in their previous 26).
 

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Gary Thorne is completely hopeless when it comes to pronouncing "Higashioka". It's different every time.
 

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NY should have everyone in the bullpen except Cortes Jr and Ottavino.
 

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Paxton getting squeezed this inning, the first pitch to Mancini was a strike too.
 

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This isn't stopping, is it?

How often do you see someone go to a knee on a swing and miss then go deep on the next pitch?