Sorta, kinda m’eh to start the season for los Bronx Bombski’s.
What do you make of our boys thus far?
UPDATE: Well dayum, never mind then; how’bout dem Big Apples? >;)
I've tried to stave off the prevalent cynicism, but I really am coming around to the feeling that the organization has become a culture of "a playoff game or three? Plus dump trucks of revenue? That's fine by us."
The teams that have bedeviled the Yankees over the generations have been pesky. Your Joey Coras and David Ecksteins, not to mention your Bretts and Carews.
The essence of baseball is:
Be a tough out
Take what they give ya
Hit 'em where they ain't
Make things happen out there
...and I don't see any of that from this offense. This team is sitting on its hands and waiting for five-o'clock lightning, and I don't like it.
"Home runs are more reliable than stringing three base hits together" is a self-fulfilling prophecy if you never try to string three base hits together.
The bullpen is very good. I’m giving an incomplete to the starters because of the short ST.
Hitting is atrocious.
 Remember that inning (2002, I think it was) when California strung together like five hits in a row? Maybe against David Wells?
I don't remember exactly but that's what comes to mind when you invoke peskiness.
You’re 39 Miggy.
And a caught stealing. Good to see he other team with bad baserunning.
Nice job getting out of that inning.
That was nice hitting by IKF.
I predict a monster inning here.
He hit hard.
I'm so tired of Rizzo.
Well that was wacky.
That was the worst bunt I've ever seen.
That's the way.
Two fat shots for a two-run single...
Nice bunt by Higgy. Great pick by the 1st baseman who saved a run or 2.
IKF is an OPS machine!
Why is Judge swinging so big? Just a fucking single will do.
Off to walk the terrorists. Would hate to miss a big inning
It feels like everyone else in the inning was swinging for contact and suddenly Hicks and Judge decided to swing for the fences.
Nice fucking play! 5-3!
Rizzo manufactures a run all by himself. Nice job.
Chappie coming in to close. What could go wrong?
Did Cameron miss any cliches... or did he get them all?
I'm over to the Mets now, even when they are losing they're a lot more fun to watch.
Afternoon game tomorrow, and with Miggy at 2999, should be on MLBN.
 Okay, who sent Boone my comment? :)
Stealing, bunting, hitting… that was very satisfying.
 Thas whaadim talkin about.
I want 0-2 swings to be different from 3-1 swings.
Wasted scoring opportunity
rizzo's who i want up here
never mind :)
bad in every way. boone made right decision but oof
Looking back on the image Alex used to illustrate this thread, I can't tell whether it's a reference...
...to the bullpen? ("Who ya gonna call?")
...or to the offense? ("It tolls for thee.")
Ah, Carlos is in the booth
Nice D Trevino
I don't understand, why the Yankees, already having too many 'Big Bats/Low Average' guys, signed Gallo.
RIP Guy LeFleur. Only 70.
I love these line drives.
I’ll take it
Exciting finish. I felt pretty good with Gleyber batting there. Of course, it was already tied so that always helps.
Does Cole shit the bed today or not?
Missed the homer, busy walking the terrorists.
DJ! A beautiful day at the plate indeed.
Just stopping in to celebrate the first double-digits of the season! Uh, I mean, for us. The Cubs put up jaw-dropping numbers yesterday, didja see?
 I was wondering too. Asked: answered.
Boo, shutout gone
So who's the next player to knock on the door of 3000? Is it Robbie Cano?
Only 5 active players have over 2000 hits.
I was just looking at Albert Pujols' stats. He really fell off a cliff when he went to the Angels in 2012. He didn't have a single season below 900 OPS for the Cards and didn't have a single season above 900 OPS for the Angels (and only one even above 800 OPS). Maybe he is really 5 years older than he says he is.
Radar doesn’t look good for tonight, at least for on time.
Miggy Jr., recalled because Aaron Hicks is placed on the . . . drum roll please:
paternity leave. Congrats to the couple.
 Well, or maybe two years older.
 Oh cool! Congrats to Yankee Aaron 3 & fam!
Yikes. That was close. 3 run job!
Nice job, Rizzo!
Now *that* is a home run.
I can't believe that went out!
Such a lazy swing. God.
I once saw Jim Thome do that at the Stadium.
He made this lazy swing and the ball miraculously just kept going and going.
Out to left-center, I mean. With Thome. He was a strong man.
God, that was scary. That motherfucker almost fell in.
Dang. Beautiful dive.
What a play!
As So Often Happens...
As so often does.
A lot of very hard hit balls pulled foul to left tonight.
He's really got that measured out huh?
What a shot.
It’s homer night, Josh, not doubles. Yeesh.
That actually looked a little like a Giambi swing.
Dammit, a hit. But Boone can now take Sevy out at some point
Good. Now they can take out Luis sooner than later and avoid all the bullshit.
I don't like what's happening.
I think we'll keep this felafel guy.
Nice play, IKF.
(I can't believe we're still doing this militarism stuff more than twenty years after 911.)
Sevy's on cruise control, gave up one hit. I stepped away to talk to the wife and....
Way to ruin a pitching line.
 Three run shot to left. Not a bad pitch, really. Good hitting.
Rizzo's about to hit another one...
I can feel it.
Unless of course he draws a base on balls.
Stanton with a .542 OPS..............
God, that was beautiful.
Double digits, again!
 Thanks for the context.
I like this dog pile on the rabbit.
Man. I'm joining the ranks of those who don't see the end of a Yankees game unless it ends before 10 p.m. or it's Summer. Go Yankees!
Gleyber has more RBI in this game than Gallo has for the year.
 It was 10-4 and I was ready to call it a night, went in to clean the kitchen, and suddenly it's 10-8.
What a load of horse shit.
Nice drive by Judge.
(But I abhor a slugfest.)
Wow! I don't know if Rizzo'z 3 HRs add up to 1000 feet.
I don't like this whole talking ump business.
This ain't football, people.
"After official review, the home run is confirmed--first down!"
Boston gives the BJ's 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th. All tied 5-5.
What, I'm the only one watching???
Everyone else missed the first Stantonian blast?
350 for Stanton!
 I saw. Stanton is a must-see AB.
But man, I'm getting tired of Coney talking about exit velo.
Joey Gallo is not a good hitter.
I wonder where everyone has gone.
There are very few Yankee Blogs now for following live games.
I confess that I was on 'River Ave Blues' for a few years, but they are gone now.
Where is everyone?
I don't understand. They must realize they can't possibly pick off the Fastest Man Alive. Doh!
Settle down, Monty.
What??? The Fastest Man Alive doesn't advance to third on the fly ball???
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Fastest Man Alive.
I don't want to root against Judge, but if he has a good year, he will become a FA and will therefore be gone. It will be a 'Cano situation' all over again. Frankly, I thought what the Yanks offered him was very reasonable... more the 'I offered' him. I just don't think he will age well. The Yanks offer took him through his age 38 year, at the second highest AAV for a position player. More than fair?
I love small ball.
When the other team is doing it, I mean.
Well, I'd love to see Judge stay. And I'm in favor of Hal spending gigantic quantities of money, so it doesn't concern me personally how much the big guy asks for.
But it's true that given a fixed amount of money, it could very likely be better spent elsewhere. He should age pretty well -- power hitters do -- but it's just about certain that he'll have played his best years already when he signs his next contract.
 maybe up the amount by $1.5 mil per year, as he’s now the face of the franchise, plus help him on endorsement deals.
But yeah, anything past 38 is risky. Tigers still have to pay Miggy next year.
I've been watching. Good on Stanton. Hopefully he hits #400 sometime in September. : )
Santander took that one to the bank. He really cashed in.
Fucking Bollocks. I hate the o's.
I guess I accept that sac fly.
Funny. I googled Clint Frazier the moment Gallo homered. He's off to a 3 for 21 start.
That was a well-struck baseball.
The little IKF that could!
Nick Johnson. (That's who he Trevino looks like.)
I don't get this proposed rule limiting throws-to-first. Has anyone read anything about it? I mean, what happens if you throw to first twice, and then you aren't allowed to throw again... and then the runner just strolls down to second?
Do you have to pitch out instantly, as soon as you've registered your second throw??
Big-ass insurance run!
More Falafel, please
 Yeah, good question. It just sounds like yet another horse shit change. But maybe even less practicable.
I guess they could have some line past which if the runner extends his lead the pitcher can throw over? I mean, you're right, how can you limit throws without also limiting leads?
 Yeah. I'm into him.
Yeah I don't like the idea of lines at all.
I don't like the rules to stifle all the shifting, either -- they'd better not put more lines on the field for that. But I bet they will.
I don't love all the shifting, but I don't like the new rules to stop it, is what I'm saying.
Same with this other rule -- it would be fun to put base stealing back in the game, but not if the rule to do it is bad.
Michael King can stay.
"This rule will limit pitchers to just two “step offs” or pickoff attempts per plate appearance. On the third attempt, if the runner is not thrown out, the move is ruled a balk and any runners are automatically awarded the next base."
 Agreed 100%. I want to see shifting stopped by hitters making adjustments rather than rigging the game from without.
Is that true???
Ralph Kiner and Elizabeth Taylor?
 I think some team is going to figure it out. That Rizzo third base line bunt was a good start -- it was an absolutely terrible bunt, one of the worst executed bunts I've ever seen, and it was *easily* a hit.
If Rizzo could bat .450 with bunts like that, even though he'd have zero power, I think probably it's worth it. (Maybe not with two on and one out, but you know, with nobody on base, say.)
Of course, if Gallo could bat .195 with bunts, that would also be worth it.
Hm, well, cough up three runs so LeMahieu can get another chance to extend his hitting streak?
Winning is better than losing.
 hit against the shift, put a couple guys on so defense can’t employ the shift. If tactics have changed, adjust, and take advantage. Same as in war.
Not that any sport is the same as a war.
Good thing I didn’t miss a rally while walking the terrorists
Yay, a run!
Amazing that he scored from first on that hit.
Vaunted Orioles defense. Vaunted.
All rise! Double digits
Happy Double Digits to all.
Apple+ game tonight.
Two year suspension for Bauer, with no credit for time served on paid leave. Doesn’t end until his contract is up.
I am fine with all 30 teams independently concluding he is not a good fit for their team.
 It took me fifteen minutes to find. This is outrageous.
(I only just put it on but these broadcasters sound awful.)
Fuck. Nice catch.
How do you fuck up a rundown!
That was AWFUL!
All right. Nestor's got this. He's going to settle down and sail smooth from here on out.
These Kansas Cities sure look like a good club.
Rizzo making up for his short porch dingers the other night.
Stanton murdering one.
Got lucky on the rundown.
Cortes looking decent overall with a few bad (sharply hit) pitches mixed in. Time to settle down for a few innings.
I hope we never see hide nor hair of Bauer again.
This is some sloppy fucking baseball.
PS- I like the new/alternate KC logo. Seems a little toward the side of Southwest Native American or Aztec but creative nonetheless.
Good work, Nestor.
Hang in there.
Nice job, Nestor.
Friday night baseball on AppleTV. The picture is better than MLB Network.
Nice run right there.
Small ball for the insurance run is much appreciated.
Nice big phat cushion.
 So much.
Two outs away from a perfecto at Shea? Is that what's going on?
Nah. Apparently not. Just a no-hitter by committee?
Free for limited time. Nope. Not going to encourage that garbage.
Whoa, that's really only the second one in Mets history?
How weird. And by committee is just kind of lame.
Still and all, Mazel Tov, Metsies!
What are the merits of a five pitcher no hitter versus losing one 4-0? Asking for a friend.
What a great party!
We’ll take it.
Damn! I was on his side until I read this.
Well, one run
Gee, trading DPs for a run, idk.
George Brett seems like a 'getoff my lawn!' kind of guy.
Should Beltran really be a HOF'er?
Baseball's greatest hitter, Teddy Ballgame, says wait for a good pitch to hit. More players should do that. Many weak grounders on pitcher's pitches.
Saturday night... and all the Banterers are out partying?
OF Joey Gallo exits early with left groin tightness
What's up, gang? The Atlantic had an article about the minor leagues bringing in 2nd base closer to home plate in the middle of this year.
"The end result of the move, per The Athletic, is to put exactly 87 feet between first and second base, when it used to be 88 feet, 1.5 inches from base to base. It'll be closer to third, too, obviously, by virtue of moving more toward the middle of the diamond, CBS Sports reported."
I like most of the changes (and those proposed) to MLB, but that one is odd. Is this to boost offense? Will it hurt stolen bases (shorter throw for the Catcher)? Did you guys read my link in ? It's a hinky link.
 Indeed! As a matter of fact, I won tickets to see OMD (from the eighties--remember them?)! I was in Brooklyn with the kiddo at the show. Out on the town, like the beautiful people!
Not so good
This is a weird way to score two runs. But, I'll take it.
I wanted more
I was sure that IBB was going to bite Matheney in the ass.
But no, it worked just like he wanted it.
Hmm, too hard of a slide?
All rise! Insurance run
Um, not good.
This team is rolling right now. Runs coming from all angles and parts of the order. I like it.
Obviously Judge’s dead center bomb was appreciated.
KC alternate jerseys today were so close to being classic. The new logo is great as were the sleeves stripes but they did not need the Nike swoosh and number in the front, nor the traditional KC logo on the sleeve. Who approves this mess?
Haven't commented in ages. Don't really follow any more--MLB and I have kinda drifted apart. But it is nice to see some old familiar faces (well, handles anyway).
[2-9],  I don't like most of the changes. No sir, don't like 'em. But that is predictable coming from me.
Nice fucking catch!
 Hey, mp! Yeah, same here, re: drifting apart. For a number of reasons. I'm trying to get it back into my blood, though.
Mets released Cano, eating $37 million. It was way too many years.
Look at IKF!
 Aww, that's sad to hear. I was pulling for a swan song from Robbie.
Whoa! Nice play, IKF!
I love these opposite-field jobs.
This is definitely not good.
Yeah. I don't like this.
That was close.
Gleyber Day! Great win.
Man, what a sweet win that was!
Phew, ten straight
Did you know...
the Mets are paying Max Scherzer, 3 years/$130M, $43.33M/year! (Holy Shit!!!)
the Mets are paying Cano 5/$100M. They saved 1.5 years due to suspension.
They got .269, .315, .450, .765 - 106 OPS+ over 648 PA for that $100M.
the Dodgers payroll is $281M, $302M taxable
the O's and the A's payrolls are under $50M
The Yanks lead the AL East by 2.5 games.
Toronto has a scary good offense.
Taillon's pitching a great game.
I approve of well timed gappers.
As a huge Mantle fan, I have been saying for YEARS....
Teach these guys how to bunt.
Wow! Even Marwin is helping out....
You shoulda tagged him, dude. Lolololol
Hello mystique and aura!!!!!
Sweet. I love Toronto but I hate the Fucking blue jays.
 I can hear Scooter’s rants on bunting to this day.
That was fabulous.
So nice to bust things open like that.
Shoot, just looked at the score. Had to walk the terrorists one last time.
 They'd better appreciate you.
 They do. They just hate every non human creature in sight. So I don’t need a gym membership
Jeez... for a shitty team, they sure are doing well.
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