Sunday Afternoon Open Thread

The wait between a Saturday afternoon game and a Sunday night game feels long and arduous. So to remedy that, we’re putting up an open thread for you.

To get the discussion going, I’m going to link some articles but as always, feel free to talk about whatever is on your mind.

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Game 24 Quick Recap: NYY 4 BOS 2

Hey, another series win.  How about that?  The Yankees kept on keeping on yesterday afternoon in game 2 of this weekend series in Boston, using strong pitching and just enough offense to take another from the Red Sox and set up the chance for a sweep in primetime tonight.

Brett Gardner carried the offensive load for most of the game.  He doubled in the first run in the top of the 3rd to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead, and when Boston tied the game shortly after he put his team back ahead with a line drive, 2-out, 2-run single to left in the 5th to make it 3-1.

3 runs was enough for Nathan Eovaldi, who looked pretty good again as he continues to get molded into a complete pitcher.  He didn’t rack up a ton of strikeouts, but he used his fastball well to get strikes and mixed offspeed stuff well to generate a lot of weak contact.  …

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Game 24: Eovaldi vs. Miley

Welcome to this afternoon’s game thread. Here are the lineups:

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Mookie Betts, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Alex Rodriguez, DH David Ortiz, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Hanley Ramirez, LF
Brian McCann, C Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Chris Young, RF Mike Napoli, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Brock Holt, RF
Gregorio Petit, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Blake Swihart, C
Nathan Eovaldi, SP Wade Miley, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: Every call of A-Rod’s 660th home run

I was watching last night’s game on YES so I only heard Michael Kay’s call of Alex Rodriguez’s 660th home run but I wanted to hear the other calls to see how different they were because I had heard that John Sterling was very excited during his call on the radio. Well, here are all of them, TV and radio, including my new favorite call of all time from the play by play announcer on WADO 1280 AM, NY’s Spanish Talk and News station. If you think Sterling gets excited, just wait until you hear WADO’s call. It’s really great.

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Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: A historic night for the Yankees

History was made in Fenway Park tonight. CC Sabathia made a play at first base in the sixth inning. JUST KIDDING! Though that is an amazing feat. He actually ran to cover first! HE RAN!

Anyway, here’s the real history:

Not only was it Alex Rodriguez‘s 660th home run but it was the first pinch hit home run of his career. Isn’t that amazing? It was also his 25th career home run in Fenway.

His first ML hit was in Fenway on July 9, 1994:

Now, some people like Michael Kay and John Flaherty were poo pooing it on the YES postgame show but as our Vice President once said about something not baseball related, “This is a big f***ing deal.” If it were so easy to hit 660 home runs, more players would have done it and if steroids alone made a player hit home runs, someone like Jeremy Giambi would have more than 52 career home runs.…

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Game 23: Sabathia vs. Masterson

Welcome to this evening’s game thread. Here are tonight’s lineups (featuring six lefties and three switch-hitters for Mr. Masterson’s pitching pleasure):

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Mookie Betts, CF
Brett Gardner, LF Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Mark Teixeira, 1B David Ortiz, DH
Brian McCann, C Hanley Ramirez, LF
Carlos Beltran, RF Mike Napoli, 1B
Chase Headley, 3B Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Garrett Jones, DH Allen Craig, RF
Stephen Drew, 2B Xander Bogaerts, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Ryan Hanigan, C
CC Sabathia, SP Justin Masterson, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 5/1/15

We’ve got Yanks-Sox this Sunday, so it seems like another obvious live tweet opportunity.  But first I have to make it to Sunday night.  The double whammy of the Bucks getting mollywhopped and the Rangers blowing Game 1 against the Caps in the final seconds took a lot out of me last night, and the rest of the playoff schedule, the Derby, and the fight on Saturday night could be enough to do me in.  I’ve lost a lot of heat off my drinking/partying fastball in the last 12-18 months, like Sabathia levels of heat loss.  I’m still trying to find my way as a partier with diminished stuff, so if I’m not around on Sunday night, you know why.  If I am, it should be a fun time and another Yankee victory.  3-0 on the season.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Matt Appel of Pinstripe Alley ranked the 25-man roster after the first 3 weeks.  There are some egregious mis-rankings in the bottom 10-12, but the top 10 is solid.…

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About Brian McCann’s Strange April

Courtesy: Boston Globe

Courtesy: Boston Globe

Brian McCann has kind of gone under the radar in terms of storylines for the Yankees so far this season. He hasn’t been one of the Yankees’ better hitters like Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira or Alex Rodriguez, and he hasn’t been awful like Carlos Beltran or Didi Gregorius. However, I think his start has been pretty interesting.

McCann is hitting .266/.319/.453/.773 with a .335 wOBA and a 110 wRC+. This is a big improvement from his overall line last year when he hit .232/.286/.406/.692 with a .306 wOBA and a 92 wRC+. When looking into McCann’s peripherals, however, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense how he has improved his numbers.

His walk rate is an abysmal 2.8 percent and last year he rarely walked too with a 5.9 percent rate. I don’t know what happened to his plate discipline from his Atlanta days when he was consistently around 10 percent.…

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Thoughts leading up to another series with Boston

It’s Friday morning, it’s the day after an off day and I have the early slot so you know what that means.

It’s random thoughts time!

  • Hold onto your butts! It’s time for another Yankees-Red Sox series!
  • What’s with the schedule this year? Why does it feel like the Yankees are only playing AL East teams?
  • I know that’s not completely true because they played the Tigers and the Mets but after they play Boston, they’re playing the Blue Jays up into Toronto, come home to play the Orioles in a four-game series and then go back on the road to play the Rays in the Slop again.
  • I guess it’s a good thing because they’ll have played the Rays nine times before May 15, but I don’t know, something seems off to me.
  • CC Sabathia is looking for his first win tonight and he’s going up against Justin Masterson.
  • Why do I have a feeling CC isn’t even going to last four innings?
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