The Curse of Jerry Hairston, Jr./Eric Hinske:

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Red Sox (32-26) @ Yankees (33-23), Thursday, 6/8/2017, 07:05p ET

Red Sox: David Price (L): (12 IP, 3.00 ERA) vs. Yankees: Michael Pineda (R): (64.2 IP, 3.76 ERA)

Red Sox
1. Mookie Betts (R) RF .259/.336/.455
2. Andrew Benintendi (L) LF .272/.343/.427
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS .324/.381/.452
4. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B .265/.364/.460
5. Hanley Ramirez (R) DH .247/.345/.420
6. Jackie Bradley Jr. (L) CF .229/.323/.429
7. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B .261/.320/.319
8. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B .225/.276/.400
9. Christian Vazquez (R) C .330/.358/.440

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .262/.348/.500
2. Aaron Hicks (S) CF .319/.433/.563
3. Aaron Judge (R) RF .321/.428/.668
4. Matt Holliday (R) DH .270/.357/.519
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .317/.353/.493
6. Gary Sanchez (R) C .248/.333/.419
7. Didi Gregorius (L) SS .319/.342/.478
8. Chase Headley (S) 3B .232/.308/.347
9. Chris Carter (R) 1B .202/.292/.395

I’m fairly certain that David Price is the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball, which must mean he’s the best pitcher in baseball history, which means the Yankees probably don’t have any chance to do anything at all against him.

On the other hand, Michael Pineda is not even signed for next year.  That means no team thinks he is good enough to even guarantee him a roster spot in 2018.

This could get ugly.

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Brian, what’s the answer to the lone Yankee all star question?  I could look it up but then I’d have to do the typing.

I’ll include it in an image link so that people don’t have to read it if they don’t want to be spoiled.

The question is, there have been only four years since the All-Star Game began in 1933 that the Yankees only had a single representative - 1972, 1990, 1991 and 1992. Who were their representatives those years? Each year is a different guy and Don Mattingly is not one of them.

Here is the answer.

In 1972, Bobby Murcer. Comey told me.

Thanks Brian!  Never would have gotten any of those.  1992 was a surprise.

I always kinda liked [REDACTED–1991 Yankees All-star representative] . Never liked that other guy.

El Gary > Bookie Metts.

Silly question: why does a CS count toward a pitcher’s IP and hence ERA, if the catcher was the one who threw the runner out? Like, some pitchers are way easier to steal against, but if a runner is caught then isn’t it really the catcher’s achievement?

Congratulations to David Price on his first career perfect game.

Congratulations will be extended to Michael Pineda if he has allowed an OBP under .600 through two innings.

6: Isn’t that about the same as every defensive play besides a strikeout? Which even there, a catcher is pretty important.

[8] You’re right, and I suppose SB/CS are irrelevant to FIP, xFIP etc., which are the metrics we should be using anyway. It’s just always seemed weird to me that a pitcher could allow nothing but doubles and still have a zero ERA.

I always kinda liked [REDACTED–1991 Yankees All-star representative]

Me, too! They were so bad back then that I grasped on to whatever slim hope I could find, and he was briefly some slim hope. smile

Jimmy Key was the same way. It’s hilarious how excited I was about them getting Jimmy freakin’ Key. smile

Jimmy key came up huge in 1996 WS game 6.

After an 8-0 win I assume they lose tonight 3-2.

Congratulations to Michael Pineda on completing 2 IP with an opposing OBP of just .375.

Congratulations to David Price on his first career no-hitter.

[12] Reasonable assumption.

Congratulations to David Price on his second career one-hitter.

Tim Lincecum pipes up, “Dude, so sorry you lost your last one-hitter. You can have one of mine.”

[13] Come on. It’s David Price. Dude does not pitch well against the Yankees, especially in NY.

[15] Well aware, but guess I do need to work on my reverse-jinx routine.

How big will the Nationals’ lead get before the Orioles come back and beat them? They had a few comebacks against the Nationals earlier this year similar to their Pirates comebacks, right? Thank goodness that the Pirates/Orioles series was one of those two-game deals.

Baltimore down 5-0 to the Nats. Wonder how many runs they’ll be scoring in the 9th tonight.

ETA: [17] beat me to the punch.

DVR just caught up. Judge almost took off his head.

[19] That was actually his alter ego, Aaron Executioner.

Super Gary.

Sancho !!! Me gusto !!

“The Price is Wrong, Bob.”

The Sanchez.

Maybe Girardo will rest him on the morrow.

Anyone see that BP shot by Judge last might? Heh.

Couldn’t get the TKO

Headley and Carter.

[11] Yes, buy how’d you feel about the other guy that year?

The 1992 guy? I liked him! I was initially, “Huh?” when they traded him, but then the trade worked out amazingly so quickly that my disappointment quickly faded. smile

Must stop pulling the ball all the time.

Nah, the 1991 Other Guy.

If he gets on a hot streak, maybe the players would vote Sanchez in!

Why did they let Price throw 107 pitches coming off arm problems.

Farrell seems like a bit of a douche.

Sanchezo’s second homer was ridiculous. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen a ball smacked that hard.

Seeing him waddle after the grounder that last play, Pineda is really a roly-poly dude, no ?

Love Judge is not HR or bust

Yay Pythag.

[34] You see the video of Judge’s second HR in the big comeback game vs Baltimore in late April? It was a line drive that, from the CF camera, looked off the bat like a single up the middle, but it carried into Monument Park because he hit it at 119 MPH. Absolutely nuts.

Just one inning for the Orioles to score five runs. I wonder how they’ll do it.

[36] I wouldn’t be opposed to April pace returning.

Warren/Clippard proofed?


New call from Serling: “The Gardy Party continues.”

Does Holliday have to hit one now?

ETA: Tanaka Proofed?

Not watching did townies hit Holiday on purpose?

Gameday: Gary Sanchez called out on Ball 2.

[43] From how they look today, I don’t think they’re capable of hitting anything on purpose.

[43] No, it was a really bad curve.

And in today’s odd managing decision: Betances for the last out in a 9-1 game…



This team is great fun but I have kept an eye out for signs of serious regression. Not, like, finish the season at 88 wins and in the playoffs regression, but tanking and finishing the season at .500 regression.

Days like today make me kinda think this sh*t is for real. Like, Tanka figures something out soon, and Bird and Chapman come back strong, and Judge, Hicks, CC don’t crash, and something is done about H. Lamarr, and 92 wins happens with a bright future–that kind of real.

46 Hasn’t pitched since Saturday, should’ve pitched Sunday.

Dellin Betances is such a closer, he comes in with 2 outs in the 9th inning and still strikes out two guys.

You know, it’s really nice that we haven’t heard much of a peep from Mets fans lately. Other than Mr. Met and all.

[48] If those things all happen, 92 wins is on the low side.

[52] Yeah, without going into too much obsessive detail, I was mentally allowing for, you know, some injuries (Gardner, Pitcher X), some regression (Castro, Didi), etc. Of course if nobody regresses we’re looking at a chance of high-90s wins.

[53] They are looking less and less like a mirage to me, too. I really really hope they at least play well enough through the all-star break that the Yanks don’t pull any panic “we might miss the playoff” trades. Then again, I also don’t yet want them to pull any “let’s try to win it all” trades either.

Also, if Sanchez is legit heating up, shit just might get crazy. He looked downright cocky tonight with his bombs and his arm. Fingers crossed that he’s really healed up and ready to do damage.

Also, if Sanchez is legit heating up, shit just might get crazy. He looked downright cocky tonight with his bombs and his arm. Fingers crossed that he’s really healed up and ready to do damage.

Yay win!!! In order to win the east they need to keep beating Boston and what a pleasure is that.

With Bird coming up next week and Chapman in the week after this team will be complete for the first time this year. I really hope this year could be special.

Seems like just the right time for a nice four or five game winning streak. Hope they are on their way to it.

After a disappointing first game to this series, glad to see a couple blowouts in our favor.

Over the last month or so Castro and Headley are both reverting to form. The emergence of Andujar in Trenton makes me think it might be okay to bring him up to Scranton, give him most of the time at 3B with Torres mostly at 2B/SS, and see if either or both is ready by August or September. If Castro is still hitting then it’s okay to wait on the youth, but if they’re ready by the offseason I’d be okay dealing him (plus money) for a pitcher.

I wanted to post something after Sanchez flicked that ball out so, yeah, um, a little late, but here it is.

[60] * I’m less than coherent tonight. What I meant to say was, if Castro is still hitting when one of Torres or Andujar is ready to replace Headley then go with a kid at 3B, but if he’s not, consider bringing ‘em both up.

[38] One of the singles he had last night was the hardest hit ball this season, 119+ MPH.

[60]  Castro + all the money remaining on his deal is not going to bring back a pitcher better than someone the Yanks already have in AAA.  He’s a slightly below average player having a hot start.  I’m happy about the hot start but really, he ain’t shit.

Also, Judge is for real and as bop said, the singles and walks prove it.  He’s not all or nothing, and he can run and play defense.  Similarly, Sanchez is a real hitter and can play a premium defensive position-needs to work on his relationship with pitchers it seems, but the kid can learn.

However, when Brett Gardner has 13 HR in two months, something smells fishy.  Baseball as a whole is on pace for over 6000 homers which would annihilate the previous record.


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