After a rough start (*ahem*), the Yankees engine suddenly took off like a Ferrari in a Formula One Grand Prix as they reeled off 11-straight wins against middling and tough competition. Even if their streak was broken right after, their starters have been quite a revelation of late, particular “Nasty Nestor” Cortes with the pronstache holding the Jays to two runs in four innings, which at this point would qualify as an off-night for him (four walks, three Ks), but hey: this season might actually be something to be into, huh?
Let’s have a few more of these long win-streak thingies why not… and how’bout tossing Boone a few more times for good luck?
I've been kind of immersed in the NBA playoffs in my usual tv viewing time but have kept an eye on the Yankees. Much better start than coudl have expected given the vortex of 'offense' at the bottom of the lineup. Let's hope they keep it up!
 It is not un-fun to watch an eleven-game winning streak.
And what I maybe loved most of all was watching Nestor last night. Struggled mightily yet still managed to keep us in the game, allowing only the two runs.
Reminded me very very much of another certain southpaw we used to know and love.
Its true, a lot of things are more fun when the team is cruising at .730. Losses like yesterday's are so forgivable. (I'm keeping half an eye on the Red Sox, who find a few different absolutely excruciating ways to lose every week.)
Nestor is very lovable. The apples don't hoit.
Dang, no game this evening. And I can't even fall back on watching the Sox suffer, because they already got destroyed this afternoon! (Bullpen coughed up 8 runs and they got shutout by Ohtani.)
Ah, no game tonight.
No game tonight = no egregiously horrible (and MLB sanctioned) called strikes. So there’s that…
Whelp, rained out already.
 Funny, it was always annoying, but it got waaaaaaaay more annoying when technology showed us with certainty and immediately that the calls were wrong.
 I like to think that technology raised the stakes; before when there were calls so bad the whole stadium could see it and boo, the umpires and baseball could just shrug it off and say that's the nature of the game, but now with evidence of how off the calls are and the looming aspect of a digitized strike zone coming soon, the pressure is on the umps to get it right "or else". Not that it stops the worst offenders obviously, but it sure justifies minimizing their negative impact in particular.
 Hm, interesting.
Also, I guess I had never realized how bad they are at calling balls and strikes. Or maybe I should say: how hard it is to get it right. (Just to try to be fair.) Most of them are below 90%! That's really bad, I thought they just missed a few calls each game. Really it's a few each inning.
 Or maybe I should say: how hard it is to get it right. (Just to try to be fair.)
Yeah, but we already have someone here to do that for us >;)
Nuts, now Saturday’s game is postponed until Monday. Grumble grumble grumble.
Will it ever stop raining?
No more water... the fire next time!
That was a rather uninspiring lead-off at bat from Hix.
Back to horrible calls! That was a check swing? Sure.
Anyone know where I can actually find the game? Not on YES right now...
Never mind, found it. (Jesus, they don't make this easy.)
Yanks are tied for 1st, in all of MLB, for OPS.
Yanks are in 1st, in all of MLB, for SLG.
Yanks are in 3rd, in all of MLB, for HRs.
Yanks are in 2nd, in all of MLB, for ERA.
Yanks are in 2nd, in all of MLB, for FP%.
Texas are 24th, in all of MLB, for OPS.
This game should easily be ours.
He was safe at first methinks. Terrible base running by Stanton. Holy Shite!
Yay, a hit!
Action! Let's go!
That was a gorgeous piece of hitting by Rizzo.
And a run!
Seems to me Stanton pulls off of a lot of pitches. I don't know how he can reach outside pitches (and I guess he can't).
TEACH THESE GUYS TO BUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Michael Kay is such a tool. A beautiful bunt? Why's that?
 I know! I have no idea why he said that. It was the opposite.
(Still nowhere near as embarrassing as Sterling.)
I guess that wasn't a play. DJ was bunting for a hit.
 DJ sends a beautiful bunt that is trickling down the chalk of the third base line, fielded by the SS and LeMahieu beats the throw by a mile............He's out. I guess the ump called him out. ; )
-with all due respect to Mr.Sterling.
You done fucked up your win, Cole.
 Hhahahahahahahahaha!!!! hahahahah!!!
"I guess the ump called him out." Spot fucking on.
It always bugs me when they say "perfect bunt" when they get out. I guess it could be a perfect sacrifice bunt, but even then, is it really perfect if you get an out?
All right, as long as we're ragging on Kay...
I hate how he thinks he knows the inner life of each and every player in the world:
"Cole's going to be turning over that pitch in his head all night..."
I mean, maybe he is and maybe he isn't! Some guys clearly perseverate on such things but I'm not convinced everyone does. Maybe Cole will go out to dinner tonight with some friends and drink wine and discuss Sartre.
Kay doesn't know what will and will not go through these guys' minds at 3 in the morning.
What Kay is really telling us is how *he* would react in any given situation. How *he* would feel meeting his idols. How *he* would feel as a fan shagging a foul ball. How *he* would feel as a rookie facing a guy he grew up idolizing.
Hicks just looks terrible up there.
Have I mentioned that I hate plays?
Gleyber day walkoff!
Word. We'll take it.
Okay let's get another one!
In March, Sports Illustrated said:
Star shortstop Trevor Story's six-year, $140 million contract with the Red Sox was a critical move for Boston to keep pace with the defending American League East champion Rays and the retooled Blue Jays.
Trevor's slugging percentage is .091, and his On Base is .154. He may be the worst hitter in MLB.
There's always some Schadenfreude in order for a Red Sox disaster, but it's much more savory when Sports Illustrated mentioned only the Rays and Jays as teams the Sox had to keep pace with.
.091 is really not a good slugging percentage. We might even go out on a limb and say it's double-plus ungood.
 I love it when you talk dirty!
I lived most of my adult life in NH, so I understand living in enemy territory.
Monty is truly 'Andy Pettitte light'!
That kind of play I'm okay with. Two-run homers. (Or Earl Weaver's favorites, the three-run kind.)
Here comes Judge...
Jeez... 3 hits. Terrible.
Pretty good day, all-in-all.
Hard to sweep a DH. Especially when you only score four runs
Oh good, Nasty is on the mound.
Quick top of the first
Texas's pitching is not good. Our offense is a bit pathetic.
Shut up, Kay. Far too soon.
TEACH THEM HOW TO BUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Josh has to be a slow runner.
How about some runs, Yankees.
Aw rats. But you can take him out now.
Hey a run
Amazing. I can't say the Yankees are playing well.... and yet...
Yankees outscored 6-5 but took two of three.
Cripes these early games. I just went to check to see what time the game was...
I still can't figure out how Cortes does it. How does he fool Major League batters at a rate nobody else on staff can match?
Also, when I watch, the Yanks don't seem to be hitting well. (As OYF says, a bit pathetic.) But they have the highest slugging percentage in baseball, and they're second in OPS (behind the Rockies, who maybe shouldn't count).
5 runs in 3 games and win 2, I will take it. It does seem like there have been a lot of shutouts this year.
 Evening, Weeping! (Or, 'Good morning' from Wed 0830 JPN time)
The Mayor is in the booth? Really don't know much about him, first pitch looked good though.
Big series again against the Jays, what's the forecast?
 Morning, friend!
Yeah, he is. He threw out the first pitch. But too much yukking it up, there's a game on.
Damn it. Jesus.
This is a Fucking shit show start from Sevi. 50 pitches into the 2nd. No outs. Oi!
 I mean, isn't this exactly what one would expect on ten days rest (or whatever it is)?
Good point, weeping. I completely forgot the rain outs already. The Phil Hughes specials always rile me up! : )
[80/81] Whose season schedule is odd now with the late start + rain outs?
Mets seem to be much improved, could we have a Subway Series this year?
 Wouldn't that be awesome?
Good deal, Hicks. Good deal!
Here we go, Team! Here we go!
 Still kind of wish there was a Buck reunion in the Bronx, though Boone-y hasn't been terrible this season. But in the playoffs? Huge advantage to the Metropolitans..
God, this is painful.
 'Painful' is relative? Heat - Sixers game on in the background here and announcer said 'Music royalty in the crowd tonight, it's DJ Khaled!' Painful for so many reasons, including the fact that I've reached snobby-old man music geek stage..certainly a lot better musicians to be found in Miami!
You go on with your bad self!
Why do the Yankees have to face Cy Young practically every night?
I on the other hand have been watching as much playoff hockey as possible. Watching leafs and bruins lose tonight is more entertaining than this b.s. How many terrible swings does His average a game. Yeesh.
Ugh. Android editing fail.
Hix. He looks terrible.
 Hardly seems fair, does it?
 I got to have love for Kikuchi-san, but not against the Yankees.
Also I'll always ride with Higashioka but man..guy isn't a major league hitter at all.
Atta boy, DJ!
Stanton with the 'monster' tater!
Throw everyone out!
My God, that was HUGE!!!!!!
Aw shoot, had to give the terrorists their last walk of the day, fif I miss the Yankees offense finally waking up?
Terrible job by the umpires as usual. Seriously. Give him a warning ffs.
How could Garcia get ejected for that?
What the hell with the umps there? Way too quick trigger
If the Yankeee bench did not react they way they did, no ejections. They lobbied for it.
This is fun baseball from where I sit.
Acrimony and playoff esque atmosphere in May? I’ll take it.
 Hear, hear!
[109-110] 同感! These AL East games are going to be great all year
 there is a special pleasure in dialing up a makeup game on the second monitor on a Monday and watching Nasty deal for 7-8 frames.
I am meeting this team where it is and planning to enjoy the ride.
What horse shit.
Boom. Take it.
What an unbelievable win!!!
I've got good news and bad news.
The bad news is only 5 hits in 9 innings.
The good news.......
Dammit, work interfered and I missed a walk-off?
In other news: Aaron Judge is making himself an extra $50 million by not taking the first Yankee offer?
Went to bed. Checked Twitter. Holy shite. Zzz...
I saw this game from the 6th inning and was not disappointed. Wow.
You couldn't have written a better story.
 The good news (for Judge)...
is that he may indeed get the 10/$360m (the extra $50m) he is dreaming about.
The bad news? He won't get it from the Yankees.
So far, Mike Trout: .337, 9 HR, 19 RBI, 1.183 OPS
In his 12th year, Trout's numbers are not quite as good as Mickey's... BUT DAMN!
 That's OK, we've got Joey Gallo. ;>)
 He's amazing.
The NY Times (international version today) has a feature on Byron Buxton with the headline in quotes "Best player in the world." Proving once again that the Times sports department, or whatever's left of it has totally lost the plot.
 Many of their departments have lost the plot as (comment blocked due to Banter rule violation).
Trout & Otani, best duo in the game right now?
Huh, 12:30 start today.
Well this isn’t a good way to start.
Only one run, I’ll take it
Nice nap. Nice to wake up to a three run lead.
Two run lead. Still a bit groggy
OK and Boat: Are you guys in Japan?... China? Where are you watching from? I am in Mexico, 60 miles south of Cancun. Some Banterers should come down and visit me, This is a mucho cool area.
Shoot, did I miss a rally while walking the terrorists?