9/6 - German vs Blackjack

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The Sox are coming into this series with an astonishing 21 pitchers on their roster. We are in for a comical amount of pitching changes in addition to some very lengthy games.

While both teams are fighting for something right now, this is not where anyone could have predicted the season would wind up back in March. The Sox were poised for another 100+ win season and the Yankees needed to prove themselves capable of beating the Red Sox for the division. I don't need to look it up, but there hasn't been many times over the last 20 years that more than 15 games separate the two teams.

As Domingo German kicks off this series for the Yankees, one thing I am looking for is Boone continuing to solidify the bullpen pecking order in different situations. Last Sox series of the year, playball!



And by the way, this is a very rare 4 game series that starts on a Friday and ends on a Monday with the Sunday night ESPN game. Don't see many of those.
 

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This series is more about the mysterious falloff of the 2019 Red Sox than it is about the first-place Yankees.

Lack of consistent starting pitching hurt Boston most of all but I would suggest that the drop off in performance of complementary players really did them in. Steve Pearce, in particular. He was such a weapon last year. Sox also received diminished performance from Benintendi, JBJ, Nunez, Leon, etc.

Meanwhile, the Yankees maxed out their support from role players and recalls from Scranton.

Is success in a pennant race really based on such a flimsy premise?
 

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Terry, I guess I think you're brilliant just because I agree with you, But: I have been telling anyone who will (pretend to) listen that the loss of Steve Pearce has been significant. I don't think it compares with the broken rotation, but nobody even mentions him anymore.
Anyway, I will be watching this series, if at all, through my fingers with the sound off. If the Sox win more than one, I'll be pleasantly surprised.
 

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Their run differential is right there with TB and CLE, and their run scoring/OPS is right there with NY.
 

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Terry, I guess I think you're brilliant just because I agree with you, But: I have been telling anyone who will (pretend to) listen that the loss of Steve Pearce has been significant. I don't think it compares with the broken rotation, but nobody even mentions him anymore.
Anyway, I will be watching this series, if at all, through my fingers with the sound off. If the Sox win more than one, I'll be pleasantly surprised.
It’s not too late yet! But the die seems to have been cast for Boston. They have lost the swagger that winning teams possess. How does that happen? Is it like a slow drip from the faucet? As Abbey notes, Boston still grades out as a contender. Why is it that close finishes, close calls, usually go against them?
 

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Three likely postseason starters (German, Tanaka, Paxton) will pitch in this away series. Since August, all three have been making great progress with Paxton seemingly entering Ace level. So, lets see how they do against a great lineup and lets see if the progress they’ve made continues.
 

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Severino (45-50 pitches), Betances (15-20 pitches) and Thairo (not a full game) all scheduled to play in game 3 of Trenton's AA playoff series tonight.
 

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The Sox enter this series with their starting pitching sporting a truly astonishing combined ERA for the season above 16... Cora has already warned one and all when it comes to his use of pitchers this weekend... he's going to be Al Jolson: you ain't seen nothing yet
 

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I agree 6.25M thrown into the fire for Pearce hurt us some. we're just the most underperforming team in the majors this year, and Yankees likely the most overperforming (still a great team, but to be 40 games over .500 with all those injuries is ludicrous). sometimes this shit happens in baseball.
 

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As Crow mentioned elsewhere, the Yankees have been pushed harder by the Rays than Red Sox this season. Boston still seemed a threat when it took three from the Yanks in August ... and then lost 8 in a row! The other reason Boston sits 15 back is its 2-8 start. Starting the season with a 10-game west coast swing, including Tokyo, was amazingly unfair to Boston. I suspect the players bitched a lot about this, with good reason. All working class people hate when management screws us, no matter our salaries. And then we do not go the extra mile as often.
Every stat head freaks at the word chemistry but what really defines a team more than its attitude? Did these Sox start off pissed at the schedule and somehow let the bad breaks get into their heads? Every close play seems to go against Boston. Or maybe nobody relaxes against the defending champs.
Anyway, the Sox sitting this September out makes life easier for Yankee fans. Just as the team can point towards October, so can we fans rest and enjoy the final 21 games. It is said nothing matters except winning it all. Except you can’t just erase the great season this group of players put together. Just as Boston copped an early attitude, the Yankees were shaped by the rash of injuries to stud players who happened to be replaceable. What weird part of baseball allows for Mike Tauchman to shine in a pennant race? Or Gio Urshela to finally figure out the art of hitting at age 28? It was Gio in early April who inspired “Next Man Up.”
Abbey will footnote that opinion with someone else, but it was Gio who began to make us believers.
This season, almost done, reminds me of 1996. First time around is always sweet.
 

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The A lineup in tonight, keep in mind that this is still missing Gio, Stanton and Hicks (bumping the bottom 3 there), but Gio will be back Sunday.

1. 3B DJ LeMahieu (R)
2. RF Aaron Judge (R)
3. SS Didi Gregorius (L)
4. C Gary Sanchez (R)
5. DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
6. 2B Gleyber Torres (R)
7. CF Brett Gardner (L)
8. 1B Luke Voit (R)
9. LF Mike Tauchman (L)
 

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Yeah, you should put that on the Ortiz thread on the main board, I was going to do it but didn't get around to it yet.
 

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Severino with a 9 pitch 1st in Trenton, 2 Ks, sitting 94-95 and touched 96.
 

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Thairo is 3-3 with 5 RBIs in the first 3 innings of the AA playoff game.
 

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Cashman is going to use Thairo to sweeten a deal this winter, isn’t he? Gotta do something about the 40-man surplus.
He's got Thairo, Wade, Valera and Holder, I'd think at least one of those is gone if not two.
 

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This reminds me of a few of our recent games where we're dead for the first few innings and then score 7 in a flash.
 

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Tyler Lyons..... I don't think the Yankees are serious about winning this game. No reason they should be, at this stage of the season.
Thank you for clarifying who #70 is. Watching on mute with Red Hot Chilli Peppers on. It's a nice luxury as was previously mentioned (non stress game).
 

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Thank you for clarifying who #70 is. Watching on mute with Red Hot Chilli Peppers on. It's a nice luxury as was previously mentioned (non stress game).
Coincidentally Lyons’ walk-in song is ‘Give It Away.”

(not really)
 

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Trenton sweeps their playoff series, 12-2, so onto the championship round. Severino (3), Betances (1) and Albert Abreu (2) covered six of the innings tonight, wonder if Abreu will get a call once the playoffs are done since he's been on the 40 man for 2 years already.