Game 71: Sabathia vs. O’Sullivan

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Ben Revere, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Maikel Franco, 1B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Ryan Howard, DH Brian McCann, C
Jeff Francoeur, LF Carlos Beltran, RF
Domonic Brown, RF Garrett Jones, 1B
Andres Blanco, 3B Chris Young, LF
Cameron Rupp, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Freddy Galvis, SS Jose Pirela, 2B
Sean O’Sullivan, SP CC Sabathia, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Nate Should Be Odd Man Out

 

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

The familiar mantra in baseball circles is that “you can never have too much pitching” and said mantra usually applies doubly when it comes to starting pitching. However, with the long-awaited return of Ivan Nova from his date with the...

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This Guy Needs to Take a Hike

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I have no idea what this tweet even means. After multiple conversations with the Yankees, the guy who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th hit still has the ball. There’s a very easy way to get in touch with the Yankees, or A-Rod at this point. No need for this.

On top of it all, this man has tweeted in the past that he’s not a fan of A-Rod. What’s he going to do if A-Rod follows him back? Shift over into his DMs and berate him? I have no idea with this guy anymore. This is not only desperate, but confusing. Just sell the damn ball, or give it to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or put it on your mantle. But quit trying to drag out your 15 minutes of fame.

It seems like this man is desperately trying to get to Alex Rodriguez, and Alex Rodriguez is dodging him masterfully. He made one joke about his ball in his postgame press conference, then he stopped caring – at least in the public eye.…

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About Last Night: Brett Gardner

Okay, so technically, this is going to be an About The Last Week or So because Brett Gardner has been on fire the last six days.

He’s batting .519/.536/1.000/1.536 and nearly hit for the cycle on Saturday night.

Here’s his past week in spray chart and heat map form:

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He has three home runs:
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Two doubles:
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A triple:
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Eight singles:
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Three strikeouts:
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A walk:
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A double play:
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The conclusion: Gardner has had a very good six days.

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Game 70 Quick Recap: PHI 11 NYY 8

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The Yankees lost last night.  They lost because Michael Pineda was terrible and got knocked around by one of, if not the worst lineup in baseball.  None of that is good, but the last time I checked none of us non-MLB players have a great day at our jobs every single time we go to work.  Pineda didn’t have it yesterday and even the crappiest professional hitters are going to tee off on a guy when he doesn’t have it.  Oh well.

So how bad was Pineda’s night?  He gave up multiple hits in every inning he pitched, including the lone scoreless frame in the top of the 2nd, and 11 in 3.1 innings.  5 of those hits came with 2 strikes, so just like Tanaka the other night, the issue was Pineda’s inability to command in the strike zone or locate with 2 strikes rather than throw strikes period,  Still, it’s not a good look to be giving up that many hits to such a terrible lineup, and Joe had no choice but to pull the plug in the 4th.  …

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Game 70: Correia vs. Pineda

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees
Ben Revere, CF Brett Gardner, CF
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Chase Headley, 3B
Maikel Franco, 3B Alex Rodriguez, DH
Ryan Howard, 1B Brian McCann, C
Domonic Brown, RF Carlos Beltran, RF
Chase Utley, DH Garrett Jones, 1B
Cameron Rupp, C Didi Gregorius, SS
Cody Asche, LF Chris Young, LF
Freddy Galvis, SS Stephen Drew, 2B
Kevin Correia, SP Michael Pineda, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Quick hit: An All-Star vote update and Pete Rose makes the news again

Hey, check this out.

Look at Alex Rodriguez‘s overall votes. Yes, he’s well behind the leader Kendrys Morales for starting DH, but look at the people he’s ahead of overall. I think that’s pretty amazing for the most hated baseball player ever.

Or not?

For years and years, Pete Rose has denied betting on baseball as a player. He admitted to doing it as a manager but always maintained that he did not do it during his playing days. Well, earlier today, ESPN’s Outside the Lines, revealed that he actually did bet on baseball when he was still a player. It happened in 1986.

Wow, that’s just so shocking to me. Okay, not really.

So I guess any chance he had of being reinstated back into baseball has vanished.

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Another NY Tabloid Column Takedown

Our fearless leader, Jason, already started today off with a bang in his takedown of Kevin Kernan’s joke of a column on Masahiro Tanaka. Filip Bondy nearly matched Kernan in the New York Daily News with almost an equally absurd hot take about how boring the Yankees are after their 12-4 defeat yesterday. Let’s get right to dissecting this nonsense.

“The sound you just heard was another baseball crashing into the second deck after a brief, towering orbit — right alongside the Yankees’ narrative arc.”

This is the lede of the column. The narrative Mr. Bondy references to help him write this drivel is one that is really devoid of any true facts.

“Sunday afternoon in the park was not so much a picnic in the Bronx, as it was a cold, wakeup shower following a dreamy nap. Before they were creamed by Detroit, 12-4, the Yanks had gone 11-1 at home while outscoring opponents, 87-31.”

The 11-1 record and outscoring opponents 87-31 is really not important and meaningless.…

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And the winner of the factually irresponsible Tanaka article of the year goes to…

…Kevin Kernan, for this stunning piece of overly-sensationalized, factually devoid, panic-pandering trash. In a season filled with back seat doctoring, Mr. Kernan has somehow leapt them all with this take. Let’s feast on this buffet of goodness, shall we, with Mr. Kernan’s opener:

This was the sound and the fury.

And the Yankees better take this warning to heart as the decline of Masahiro Tanaka continues.

“…as the decline of Masahiro Tanaka continues“? We’ve been through this before, with the second guessing of the doctors, but hey, facts don’t seem to be a prerequisite for Mr. Kernan or The Post, who pays him to grind his pencil into the paper with a ferocity and anger which should be better applied to warcrimes.

Yes, our favorite elbow ligament surrounded by the body of Tanaka is a source of angst and nervousness for us all, but let’s sneak a quick peek at his last three starts since returning from the DL:

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That’s right: Three starts, 1.71 ERA, a grand total of 4 earned runs over 21 innings (an even 7 IP/start).…

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