June 22: Morton vs. Stroman

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Bit of a struggle of late, ultimately inevitable, right? Ultimately though, with this kind of lineup, where Judge and Soto are both there, that's not likely to last that long. It's a question of when, not if this minor scuffle ends, and we've seen enough this year, this team can be an absolute holy terror when it's at full force.

And hey, it's my mother's birthday today. If you think my stat blasts are excessive in length and quantity, try living with me like she did! She always loves that I know baseball to the extent I do, even if it's not her sport as much as football is. Always by my side to take me to games growing, still to this day asks me questions about how to watch, who's going to win, score predictions, all that stuff. So bring her some joy for all of us. Though I've got to try to convince her you can't root for both the Yankees and Red Sox, as she is wont to do. :)

Since it is me though, I figure for every game this streak goes, I'll give a couple of this day in history nuggets for the corresponding game and calendar day. One for the Yankees, one for baseball.

-May the spirits of 1930 be with them: Yankees won 20-13 in Game 2 over a doubleheader over Philly on this date 94 years ago. Only 17 times in their history have they scored more than this in a single game.

-In overall baseball history this day, we've probably all heard of Johnny Vander Meer's consecutive no-hitters but did you know it was nearly matched in 1947? Ewell Blackwell of the Reds (naturally Cincinnati again!) had his second consecutive effort broken up with one out in the 9th by Brooklyn's Eddie Stanky.
 

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In my day, we devoured the newspaper stat columns and box scores. Especially on Sunday. My dad encouraged it. He was good with numbers and usually got the sports pages first each day. My mom thought if we were reading anything, that was better than watching TV. And soon those stats became books about sports, and eventually other subjects. If I had absorbed physics and geometry the way I retained batting averages, I could have gone to MIT!
 

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John Smoltz calling Braves/Yankees is about as bad as it gets for Yankee fans.
 

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Critics already have their knives out to dissect the suddenly mortal Yankees. Part of the process. Yankees need to play their motivation card, finding an enemy to focus on. It had been all too easy for them for two months.
 

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Ben Rice can pick it at first base. Turns a hard shot into a 3-6 DP in third. 2-1 Yanks.
 

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Ben Rice can pick it at first base. Turns a hard shot into a 3-6 DP in third. 2-1 Yanks.
That was a sweet play, both the stop and the throw!

We haven't quite seen the power yet but he is better all around than I expected through a few games (4?). He hasn't played much 1B still so he should keep getting better there. He has a good sense of the zone and a fast bat, not many results yet but I'm a fan.
 

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Stanton leaves after running the bases in his previous AB, Agustin Ramirez seems like the obvious replacement and he is already on the 40 man.

Rice/Ramirez/Wells in the bottom half of the NY lineup, please.
 

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Aaron Bummer definitely lived up to his last name last inning
 

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For some reason I have Jomboy-like skills to read lips in real time, sp I got the following from Boone: "You wanna fucking do this? You wanna be a bitch and call that ball high?"
 

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Peraza taking Gleyber's place can't happen soon enough. Even if he hits worse, I doubt it will really be by that much.
 

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Google Cloud AI undermining the intelligence of its users!

Raw velo and break aren't going to be enough to determine an expected whiff rate. Come on. I don't care that it's an ad, Alphabet is selling that ad as an absolute, authoritative voice.
 

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Smoltz is the absolute worst. I really hope we're not stuck with him for another 20 years.
 

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Smoltz is the absolute worst. I really hope we're not stuck with him for another 20 years.
He is so wrong about so much and he never stops. The other guy is bad too, this is our third straight Fox Saturday and please make the pain end.
 

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Terrible call to cost Soto his 4th walk there, terrible. Boone has already been tossed but he should have come flying out of the clubhouse like George Brett on that one, long suspension but worth it.
 

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Agustin Ramirez was pulled from his AA game in the 6th, although the score was 18-2 and they have a game 2 later tonight, so we’ll see.

This is where Dominguez should slot, really sucks he is out again.
 

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Little bit lower of a wind up from Bickford there than he had with the Mets or Dodgers, interesting stuff. If the width of glove side/release is about equal, then does it therefore give less time for batters to react to the release?
 

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So coming into the Orioles series, who was betting on Nestor and Stroman to have the best two starts the next turn through?