Sputtering NY August game thread

jon abbey

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Part of Britton's strength is he doesn't throw many strikes. His ball breaks so much, it's hard to throw strikes. But when he is in top form, which he hasn't been this season, he creates the illusion that his pitches are strikes until the last few feet. A lot of pitchers do this. Why throw strikes to idiots like Jazz Chisholm who are swinging at everything and laughing about it in between pitches?
The biggest problem is his velocity is way down and has been way down all season.
 

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I think the hitting will come when they get home. Several balls died on the track in Miami. O'Neill kept saying the park plays big because of the humidity.

The offense looks dead in spots, still, but I am just happy the Yankees have a slick first baseman again. It just tightens up infield defense so much. We go from Luke Voit stumbling around, to a lefty fielder with great footwork.
 
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I think the hitting will come when they get home. Several balls died on the track in Miami. O'Neill kept saying the park plays big because of the humidity.

The offense looks dead in spots, still, but I am just happy the Yankees have a slick first baseman again. It just tightens up infield defense so much. We got from Luke Voit stumbling around, to a lefty fielder with great footwork.
Plus once they start to realize how much they've actually been winning, maybe the confidence shows in their ABs a bit more. Alcantara was nasty today though.
 

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The rotation is lined up as Heaney/Cole/Taillon for the Orioles and then presumably Cortes/Montgomery against the Mariners. My first instinct is that it's better to alternate LHP and RHP in the rotation if you can, so move Cortes up and Taillon to the Mariners series, but then I realized that sometimes teams have big lefty/righty splits in which case doubling up might be the way to go. Of course I have been worried about this with Taillon directly following Cole all season and now he is pitching as well as anyone, a 1.16 ERA in 5 July starts (4 ERs in 31 innings, 20 hits allowed), so what the hell do I know.
 

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Gary Sanchez is catching his ass off in recent weeks, no one seems to be talking about this. Higashioka, partly because of Covid, has only caught one game since July 10, the Cole 14-0 loss last week to Tampa. I think Brantly caught one too, there was the ASB, but Sanchez has been catching almost every game, from start to finish. NY has allowed just 29 total runs in the last 10 games with Sanchez catching. 5-0 in Sanchez games this week, 0-1 with Higgy. No wonder he cannot hit a grounder to the right side when needed, dude must be exhausted.

He has not always been healthy but when he is August has been the best month of Sanchez' career, a 1.011 OPS in 390 PAs, and he is well aware of that so maybe that will help his confidence and get him hitting again too. So impressed with the recent game calling, though.
 
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Holmes is presumably never going to have it easy with lefties unless Blake and friends figure out something for him, but he is death on righties, very impressed so far SSS. He is in Cessa's role of third righty, behind Green/Loaisiga, a pretty important job.
 

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Yanks 4 back in the loss column vs the Sox and 6 vs Tampa
This is shaping up like a four-team race. Boston gets Sale back soon. He looked pretty sharp yesterday in Worcester. But I would be worrying about Boston if I cared about them. They just got punched in the mouth over the last four games. They have proven their resilience all season long. This week is important. They start off with Detroit.

I gotta give Cashman credit for his adroit moves last week. He gave this team a chance to get back in the race. Because these four teams are so good, first place is up for grabs. Yanks don’t deserve to be so close and can thank their starting pitchers for coming up huge in July.

Jon, yours is a good point about Sanchez catching virtually every day. He is jogging to first on grounders now, which is smart. But he ran out a triple last week and looked good doing so. He picked off a runner by working a play with Rizzo on Saturday. He’s not afraid to throw to any base.

Could we say that with Gallo and Rizzo in the lineup, Gio and DJ soon to be back, Sanchez upping his game, the Yankees are now a solid defensive team?
 

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Everyone is awfully quiet about Severino coming back. I haven't seen stats on his recent "starts" but he's up to around 50 pitches in rehab and looks to be about 2 weeks out. Should get a start tomorrow. Kluber is a week or two behind Sevvy.
 

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Cashman actually said this weekend he expects both Severino and Kluber back between Aug 20-Sept 1. I think Severino is starting in AA tomorrow?
 

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Jameson Taillon wins AL pitcher of the month for July, pretty sure no one saw that coming in April and May.
 

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DJ is back, Gio still out.

DJ LeMahieu 2B
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Aaron Judge DH
Joey Gallo LF
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Rougned Odor 3B
Gary Sánchez C
Gleyber Torres SS
Brett Gardner CF
 

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Oh, I missed that, nice. NY realizes that if Voit is healthy (he should be ready very soon, barring a setback), they need Stanton in the OF to put out their best lineup. Also it seems like they currently prefer Judge in CF and Gallo in LF, I think they're trying to help Gallo a bit with the transition to NY by keeping him in a corner OF spot where he's most comfortable, but maybe they will play him more in CF as the season goes on (I assume he is a better CF than Judge but don't know for sure).
 

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Three of the last four Orioles have homered off Heaney, but even worse the offense is asleep yet again.
 

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Good thing they didn’t start Nestor Cortes today. All he has done this season is succeed.
He’s going to start in the next few days, since German got hurt this weekend. They need Severino or Schmidt or Kluber back ASAP.
 

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I can't tell you all how much it pains me to watch Stanton when he's in a slumber. Here's this mega large dude with unlimited power and I'm pretty sure I can roll a bowling ball with higher velocity than what is coming off his bat lately.
 

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NY really can't afford many losses to bad teams, a ways to go in this one at least but once again they look lifeless at the plate.
 

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Rodriguez also sucks, would like to see NY give chances to some of their internal guys over these proven mediocrities.