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Yanks and Mets rained out. Next 40 games crucial for Yanks to catch up.

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The Yankees/Mets game was rained out tonight. ESPN was talking about the fact that both teams have a mutual off day on July 30.

Update: The game has been scheduled for an Aug. 13 makeup date. 

Maybe the Yanks caught a break, and if the game is made up that day, they miss facing DeGrom.

I took a look at the schedule. Including what would have been tonight’s game, the next 40 games, which take us right up until Labor Day, are mostly against sub-.500 teams. In those 40, the only games against teams above .500 are say, six against Tampa Bay, who went into today 50-49, and four against Boston.

Based on the quality of the teams in those 40 games, I am hoping the Yanks go 28-12 in those 40 games. Hopefully better.

28-12 would take the Yanks to 91-46 with 25 games to go. 28-12 should (we hope) cut a few games off of Boston’s now five-game lead.

The schedule is favorable until Labor Day. The Yanks MUST take advantage of it.


Game 89. Yanks salvage split, 10-2.

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With the Red Sox winning their seventh in a row, it was imperative for the Yanks to win the second game of today’s DH to remain, at 59-30, 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East race. They did so with a 10-2 win.

If I would have asked you this morning who you had greater confidence in, CC or Cessa, what would your answer have been? For it was Cessa, not CC, who came up big.

In this game, a single by Gardner and one-out double by Didi brought home a run in the first.

In the fourth, Walker got a bunt hit with two out and Gardner HR (7) to make it 3-0.

To the fifth. Double by Stanton, WP, and Single by Bird. 4-0.

8th inning. With two out, double by Clint Frazier, who was having a rough day, and 2-run HR by Romine (5) make it 6-0. Walker and Gardner double to make it 7-0. A WP and 2 walks load the bases. An error makes it 8-0.

Baltimore got a 2-run HR in the eighth, 8-2.

In the ninth, Andujar doubles. Frazier walks. Romine doubles in Andujar, Frazier nailed at home. With two out, Gardner singles in Romine. 10-2.

Gardner 4 hits, scored 3, HR, drove in 3
Judge 2 hits, RBI
Didi 2 hits, RBI
Stanton 2 hits
Romine 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Neil Walker 2 hits.

Cessa (W, 1-1, 3.00) 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 4 K. Not high on Cessa, but great today!
Gallegos (S,1) 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.50

Update: With Stanton on the road all week, and Benintendi and Boston at home, I have a feeling about that “last man” vote, and that feeling isn’t good for Stanton.


Yankees/Orioles rained out.

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Sunday’s Yankees-Orioles game was rained out. It will be made up as part of a split DH on Saturday August 25th.

Here is a list of DHs the Yanks have coming up:

Tomorrow, June 4. Split DH at Detroit. Severino going in afternoon game at 1, Domingo German in the night game at 7.

On June 18 at Washington, not so much a DH, but you could consider it like that. Around 5 PM (I believe), the Yanks and Nats are to resume the suspended game from May 15, then after that game will be the makeup game from the May 16 rainout.

On July 9, the Yanks and Orioles will play a straight twi-night DH starting at 5 PM. One of the games is a makeup of the 5/31 rainout. ESPN and MLB, in all of their idiocy, rescheduled the July 8 game at Toronto as a Sunday night game. The Yanks are asking them to reconsider, what with a DH the next day. I don’t think they’ll win the appeal, but what were MLB and ESPN thinking, rescheduling the July 8 game AFTER the 7/9 DH was announced?

Then we are looking at 8/25, split DH, 1 and 7 PM. One game the makeup of today’s (June 3) rainout.

Got all that? Hopefully no more rainouts this summer. Whew.


Yanks rained out.

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The Yankees/Orioles game Thursday night was rained out. Since the Yanks have a DH in Detroit on Monday, the game won’t be made up this weekend. Instead, a DH is scheduled for July 9.

Important series, even in April.

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The Yanks’ four game series with Toronto is an important series, even in April.

Now that isn’t to panic, because there are over 140 games after this, but you don’t want to fall too far behind and play catch up for the rest of the season.

Going into the Yanks’ off-day on Wednesday, they were 8-8, six games behind 14-2 Boston, who you hope isn’t going to run away with things and be like the 1984 Tigers who started 35-5, but also three games behind 11-5 Toronto.

You don’t want to lose three of four this weekend or get swept and wake up Monday morning, six or seven behind Toronto and nine or ten behind Boston.

Don’t get too far behind too early and play catchup all year long.

The time to right the ship and start taking off is now. Take three of four, or better yet, sweep Toronto.

It’s early, but it’s an important series.

Game 15. Yanks/Tigers PPD. Saturday.

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The Yankees/Tigers game scheduled in Detroit for Saturday, April 14 has been postponed.

The game will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET and 7:10 p.m. ET.

But there is a good chance one or both of Sunday’s games will be postponed as well.

2018 Opening Day Lineup and Roster.

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Here is the 2018 Opening day lineup and roster.

Stats listed are 2017 stats.

Note that against the lefty Happ, Boone isn’t splitting up the righty bats. Instead, the three monsters of Judge, Stanton and Sanchez are 2-3-4.

Gardner LF. .264-21-63, 23 SB, OPS+ 104 (100 is average)
Judge RF .284-52-114, 9 SB, OPS+ 171
Stanton DH .281-59-132, OPS+ 165
Sanchez C .278-33-90, OPS+ 126
Hicks CF .266-15-52, 10 SB in just 88 Games, OPS+ 122 (Could be a 20/20 guy).
Gregorius SS .287-25-87, OPS+ 106
Drury 3B, .267-13-63, OPS+ 89; potential for more.
Walker 2B, combined stats, NYM and MIL: .265-14-49, 111 g.; OPS+ 111
Austin 1B, .225-2-8 in 40 AB, OPS+ 83.

Austin, given 310 AB this year as a platoon player, is projected for .251-15-45, ops+  about 97.

Even with Bird out, a lineup that could hit 250+ HR

Severino starting. 14-6, 2.98, ERA+ 152 (100 is average.)

On the bench are Austin Romine, Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes.

The 12 other pitchers are: