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The Ghost of Phenoms Past

Whenever I think of Homer Bailey, I’m reminded of how treacherous it is to anoint a pitching prospect as a future star. Sure, things worked out with Clayton Kershaw, but we don’t have to look beyond our own backyard to remember the trials and tribulations of Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes. According to Baseball Prospectus, the top five pitching prospects in 2008 were Clay Buchholz, Joba Chamberlain, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, and Homer Bailey. That group has produced a first-ballot Hall of Famer, an occasional All-Star, a middle of the rotation innings-eater, a flash in the pan, and Bailey.

Homer’s had a nice career, if you allow that any eleven-year stint in the major leagues is a nice career, but he appears to be nearing the end of the road. He’s only made six starts this year, but they’ve been forgettable. In 27.1 innings he’s allowed 26 runs (I’ll spare him the embarrassment of calculating that ERA) along with 43 hits and 13 walks. He did manage two wins in his first two starts of July, allowing a total of two runs over 12.1 innings, but his last two starts have been abject disasters — 14 runs in 4.2 innings. (That sound you hear in the background is Gary Sánchez starting up the Score Truck.)

It seems perfect that the Yankees have their own phenom on the mound today. Luís Severino has been exactly what you’d expect from a young pitcher with a huge future. He hasn’t been Dwight Gooden, but no one has, really. There have been bumps in the road, but in general he seems to be getting better over the course of the season. At his worst he tends to lose focus and make mistakes; at his best he is virtually unhittable, carrying his 100-MPH velocity deep into his starts. His spot in the rotation is the one that I look forward to the most. Each dominant outing pushes my memories of the misguided handling of Hughes and Chamberlain deeper into my subconscious. Severino will be a star.

All of this, of course, points to a huge win and a series sweep for the Yankees, so relax and enjoy!

As Alex would say, Let’s Go Yank-ees!

Gardner, LF
C. Frazier, RF
Sánchez, C
Holliday, DH
Gregorius, SS
Headley, 1B
Triple Play Frazier, 3B
Ellsbury, CF
Torreyes, 2B

Severino (6-4, 120.2 IP, 136 K, 30 BB, 104 H, 3.21 ERA, 1.11 WHIP)

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1 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 12:46 pm

So of course Homer starts out with two clean innings.

2 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 12:51 pm

Clint plates a run!

3 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 12:52 pm

Frazier is money. hey rbj!

4 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:03 pm

Howdy, seamus

5 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:21 pm

And again

6 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:24 pm

Frazier comes through again. It's worth noting that both of those innings sputtered until 2 outs because of who was batting to start the innings. I'm not remotely sold on the other Frazier.

7 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:36 pm

Homer Bailey's pitch count is in ridiculously good shape. We've done a lot of first pitch swinging. I may be wrong but I think we have done poorly when swinging at the first pitch.

8 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:37 pm

I like that throw.

9 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:38 pm

Yay, a third run.

10 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:38 pm


11 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:45 pm

safe at second!

12 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:45 pm

Yup, off the bag

13 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 1:54 pm

Rats, end of the shutout.

14 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:00 pm


15 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:04 pm

So rare to have Didi flub one like that.

16 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:07 pm

Frazier doubles his walk count for the season.

17 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:10 pm

Damn, just foul

18 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:12 pm

Clint's having himself a day

19 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:13 pm

nice but did Frazier hurt his leg?

20 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:14 pm

Got both those runs right back.

21 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:14 pm

yes! more runs!

22 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:17 pm

[20] and finally knock Bailey out.

Clint Frazier has 2 of the 3 hardest hit balls in the game today.

23 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:17 pm

I love Didi! What a game!

24 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:21 pm

Grrrrrr ... I'm working from home today and NOBODY told me about the day game???


25 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:21 pm

And now the other Frazier joins the party

26 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:21 pm

Alright! Prove me wrong Frazier!

27 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:21 pm

Hah, Out Goes (the other) Frazier!

28 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:22 pm

[24] doh! I was supposed to be at work but am sick. The game is making the day go by better at least.

29 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:34 pm

Another good start for Sevvy

30 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:38 pm


31 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:39 pm


Thanks Cessa, thanks Sanchez.

32 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:46 pm

[31] why Sanchez? Bad pitch call? I kind of drifted off there for a sec so might have literally missed something.

33 cult of basebaal   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:47 pm

Thought he should have blocked that 3rd strike in the dirt, though it was called a WP.

Probably just being grumpy.

34 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 2:55 pm

[33] Oh ok I saw that. Yeah tough but he has been a bit lazy at times with those balls.

35 rbj   ~  Jul 26, 2017 3:02 pm

Thanks, Alabama Hamma! Series sweep

36 seamus   ~  Jul 26, 2017 3:03 pm

5 of 6! Keep it up Yanks! And let's go Seattle. We want first place!!

37 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Jul 26, 2017 4:15 pm

just back from a hike in Wawayonda St. Park in NJ. funeral hike, made better by following the yanjs on the radiother to a nice win.

38 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 26, 2017 8:55 pm

Tonight's encore was the first Yes Encore I've watched. Go Yankees, indeed. Frazier and Didi raking and Luis is nasty. WTF was Brett doing in the 8th? The base running this year has been horseshit.

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