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Monday, August 26, 2019

Yeah, dominating Dodgers meant something for Yankees – ‘Even though it’s regular season, it felt big’

LOS ANGELES – In the late Sunday afternoon, life-sized shadows attached themselves to the heels of players largely indistinguishable from each other because of the non-chromatic uniforms they wore. The New York Yankees, burdened with head-to-ankles black in the 90-degree temperatures, appeared to be extensions of their own shadows. It was therefore hard to know where the Yankees ended and the shadows began, which is not an unreasonable metaphor in 2019. The answer lay somewhere in October and in a starting rotation still forming in the final days of August.

The Yankees hit their 59th, 60th and 61st home runs of August on Sunday, more than any team had ever hit in any month, and the 239th, 240th and 241st of their season, this though Aaron Judge has 16 all season and Giancarlo Stanton one. They’ve scored the most runs in the game, despite the injuries, which were – and are – plentiful. They crush left-handed pitching and are better against right-handed pitching. A few days back they gave Hyun-Jin Ryu about his worst whipping of the season, and on Sunday they hit three home runs off Clayton Kershaw, in this season unusual neither for them nor Kershaw.

So in a three-game series matching what some view to be decent World Series teams, the Yankees won two, on Sunday by 5-1. And in that series, 21 runs were scored, 15 by or as a direct result of home runs. There also were 72 strikeouts – again, in three games, a pretty good indication that October, like April through September, will be decided on the coiled back legs of hitters everywhere, swing hard in case you hit it, don’t come back ‘til you’ve blown an oblique, never mind the consequences.

The Yankees happen to be exceptional at that, as are the Dodgers. As are a lot of other teams, many of them headed for October themselves, their offensive games generally built around hitting the ball as far as they can, as often as they can. It’s how the game works now, which is fine by the Yankees, since, again, they’re loaded with those guys.

Yes, but how seriously can we take your success when it was in a match between stagehands and ice cream men?

QLE Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:02 AM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dodgers, uniforms, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 26, 2019 at 10:56 AM (#5874433)
Lol ok. The Dodgers still have a 20 game lead. If they do meet in the World Series, it all resets to 0-0. I guess it could be relevant for homefield in the World Series.
   2. Bote Man Posted: August 26, 2019 at 10:56 AM (#5874435)
Yeah, that measly 162-game season doesn't really prove anything, it's really that 5-game playoff series that we crave!!
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 26, 2019 at 10:59 AM (#5874439)
Yeah, that measly 162-game season doesn't really prove anything, it's really that 5-game playoff series that we crave!!

Unfortunately, not a lot of good division races this year. Thank God for the NL Central/WC.
   4. Blastin Posted: August 26, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5874481)
Unfortunately, not a lot of good division races this year.


I for one am thankful the Scranton RailRiders don't have much of a race in the East.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 26, 2019 at 01:08 PM (#5874516)
The Yankees could have Severino, Betances & Stanton back for the playoffs, too, which would put them in the best position they’ve been in all season, barring further injuries.
   6. catomi01 Posted: August 26, 2019 at 01:47 PM (#5874526)
The Yankees could have Severino, Betances & Stanton back for the playoffs, too, which would put them in the best position they’ve been in all season, barring further injuries.


You're not wrong...but all season long its been "In a few weeks they'll have X back...and then we're set." Then X comes back, and Y and Z get hurt instead...at this point expecting the team to be at full strength is probably a lost cause...just need to hope that Tauchman, Urshela, etc. keep doing their best impressions of All-Stars for at least another 2-3 months.
   7. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 26, 2019 at 02:05 PM (#5874529)
The Yankees could have Severino, Betances & Stanton back for the playoffs, too, which would put them in the best position they’ve been in all season, barring further injuries.


That's possible. But I've seen this too many times over the years. Either a guy is expected back and suffers a setback or he comes back but isn't quite ready. I almost think at this point the Yanks would be better off without those guys rather than trying to shoehorn them in and hoping they are ready to go. With that said the Yankees still have a pitching staff I wouldn't trust so getting Severino and Betances back in some form would help. I can see Stanton coming back and then throwing up a 1 for 15 with 8 strikeouts in an LDS because his timing isn't quite there yet.
   8. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:02 PM (#5874557)
The pitching staff that nobody trusts just held the Dodgers to 5 runs in 3 games. And the patchwork lineup dropped 7 on a guy who came in leading MLB in ERA by almost a full run. Anything can happen in a short series, or something.
   9. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:20 PM (#5874560)
Anything can happen in a short series, or something.


They'll have a couple of short series to get past before they make it to the WS. And, they're not as good as Houston.
   10. jmurph Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:20 PM (#5874561)
The pitching staff that nobody trusts just held the Dodgers to 5 runs in 3 games. And the patchwork lineup dropped 7 on a guy who came in leading MLB in ERA by almost a full run. Anything can happen in a short series, or something.

Right, I'd obviously rather have Houston's staff in a 7 game series, but surely dumber things have happened in October.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:54 PM (#5874577)
Right, I'd obviously rather have Houston's staff in a 7 game series, but surely dumber things have happened in October.

A .650 W% team vs. another .650 W% team. Neither one can be more than a few % points of a dog. 55:45 tops.
   12. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 26, 2019 at 05:27 PM (#5874589)
And, they're not as good as Houston.


And Houston has to win a short series to get to the Yankees. Also, see previous comment re: dropping 7 on the guy with the 1.54 ERA. We could do this all day. Me, I'm just gonna watch the games and see what happens.
   13. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: August 26, 2019 at 09:57 PM (#5874636)
Me, I'm just gonna watch the games and see what happens.


Not me! I'm wagering! And, as a Yankees fan, you should be happy about that, because, like most wagerers, I lose more than I win.

I will bet against the Yankees in every post season series they're in this year.
   14. Dr. Vaux Posted: August 27, 2019 at 12:19 AM (#5874662)
What with the well-founded angst about the Yankees starting rotation and the perversity of post-season outcomes, there's no surer bet than that they'll win the AL and probably the whole thing.

That might even be a good thing, because it will hasten the end of the era of forcing pitchers to face batting orders three times. (Unless, perhaps, they win by having Tanaka and Sabbathia magically mow down baseball's other best offenses.)
   15. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: August 27, 2019 at 10:26 AM (#5874711)
That might even be a good thing, because it will hasten the end of the era of forcing pitchers to face batting orders three times.


Ugh, more relievers. That’s not a good thing.

I still think Houston is the team to beat. As snapper correctly points out no one is an overwhelming favorite in a 5 or 7 game series but I’d bet Houston against the Yankees and I’d call the Dodgers even money. I think everyone else is pretty clearly behind those three teams but again, #### happens. I’d say the surest bet is that one of those three teams isn’t playing in the LCS but which one is a big ol’ guess.
   16. Blastin Posted: August 27, 2019 at 10:36 AM (#5874720)
I think talent wise it's Houston, Yankees, Dodgers. I think Houston has the slight edge based on their SP but that edge is very, very slight, and would be erased by one single poor starting pitching performance.

And I'll believe the Dodgers can beat either team when it happens.


Now watch some entirely different team win.

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