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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

White Sox (7-6) @ Yankees (9-5), Wednesday, 4/19/2017, 07:05p ET

White Sox: Dylan Covey (R): (5.1 IP, 1.69 ERA) vs. Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (R): (14 IP, 8.36 ERA

White Sox
1. Tyler Saladino (R) 2B .206/.372/.265
2. Tim Anderson (R) SS .176/.192/.235
3. Melky Cabrera (S) LF .263/.333/.368
4. Jose Abreu (R) 1B .157/.204/.176
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF .440/.481/.680
6. Cody Asche (L) DH .080/.179/.080
7. Yolmer Sanchez (S) 3B .304/.304/.522
8. Omar Narvaez (L) C .167/.250/.167
9. Leury Garcia (S) CF .269/.321/.538

1. Brett Gardner (L) LF .205/.340/.250
2. Chase Headley (S) 3B .409/.519/.614
3. Matt Holliday (R) DH .220/.373/.415
4. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF .327/.377/.429
5. Starlin Castro (R) 2B .364/.397/.527
6. Aaron Judge (R) RF .250/.327/.591
7. Greg Bird (L) 1B .121/.237/.273
8. Austin Romine (R) C .333/.414/.542
9. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS .238/.238/.405

Where’s Hicks?  This is an outrage.

I never thought I’d be saying that.

--Posted at 2:26 pm by SG / 46 Comments | - (0)


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If Gardy doesn’t pick it up he may be giving way to Hicks.  That said the lineup is strange if you are doing the left-right-left etc.What do we know about Covey?  I must admit not knowing anything about the Sox anymore. I don’t recognize any names other than Melky, Asche (Phil) and Abreu

A personal observation. I haven’t heard of a biceps injury to a non-pitcher in years if at all. This year two of our very best players, current and future, Sanchez and Torres suddenly afflicted.  I guess Mantle had a sore biceps and hit two homers in a game in Sept of 1961 and portrayed in the movie “61”.  I thought maybe Billy Crystal made that up but I listened to that game on youtube where they have posted a lot of old Yankee games with Rizzuto and Mel Allen. They did in fact say Mantle was suffering from the injury.

I think I’d prefer headley in the middle of the lineup, but otherwise, I’m glad they moved him period. Ride this hot streak as long as it lasts, because it probably won’t last long.

Also, I think a lot of times what they call bicep tendinitis is really a shoulder issue, with where the shoulder and bicep tie in together.

One may joke about Jacoby Ellsbury hitting 4th, but at least he isn’t OPSing .380 like tonight’s opponent.

Congratulations to Dylan Covey on his shutout.

Headley plays, we score. Simple as dat.

Cosmo could’ve done that.

Well struck lad.

I am enjoying Strikin’ Out Severino and Hittin’ Bird and Judge. I could get used to a summer of this.

It is hilarious how it really looks like Headley was basically, “Okay, one season of shitty defense and hitting, then one season of good defense and shitty hitting, now maybe one season of good defense and good hitting?”

Tanaka’s got nothing

Decent results, but yes, the stuff is not really there. Whenever Tanaka has a string of bad stuff games, you can’t help but be concerned about a hidden injury.

That visitor’s bullpen has been getting bombed this series.

Getting harder to dislike Starlin

That guy has insane power. And it’s only a FV 60?

Getting easier to be excited by Judge.

[18]  I think the idea is that it’s harder to harness due to perceived mechanical issues due to height, long swing, etc.  But scouts aren’t always right.  Case in point, Dustin Ackley.


The noise that ball made

[17] Marriage has made you soft.

23 Is that a double entendre?

[24] Go see a Doc. Or, just look in your spam folder.

[22] Is this about bebop getting married, too?

[26] Post of the Year, to date.

There’s Hicks.

What’s the Hicks HR call?

Out in the Sticks, it’s Hicks !!!!

Judge walking is such a disappointment.

[31] Until you see the Sea of Galilee beneath him.

I need to focus on being more negative because I’m getting dangerously optimistic about this team

Yay win! Yay Aaron and Aaron!

[33] How’s this: a one-game winning streak isn’t particularly impressive.

Tanaka pitched like a bum, don’t let the line fool you.  This bunch of saps is going nowhere without an ace.

How long before Waldling start talking about how CC is the true ace?

[36] That was basically Lupica’s column last week. He’ll write the exact same column next month, adding that CC is back to being an ace.

Waldling will be talking about how the team has five aces.

Of the five, at most one will remain a Yankee by 2019.

Its pretty shocking how great Hicks is playing. I mean, even if you were the biggest Aaron Hicks fan on the planet, you couldn’t have expected him to be looking like a star player in April. He probably won’t be one of the best outfielders in the American League at the end of the season, but Hicks is looking like he might have a (significant?) future with the Yanks.

[38] I’m pretty sure the biggest Aaron Hicks fan might have guessed that he’d have an awesome 2 weeks. This kinda shit happens all the time.

39. I don’t know man, he’s not just racking up hits, he’s having great AB’s. You are right though, we shall see.

His walk rate is way up and K rate way down—and aren’t these stats that stabilize quickly?  And his BABIP is only 190 (these stats before tonight I assume).  Maybe he’s for real.

Hicks was a 1st round pick and a top prospect into AAA. He clearly has the tools and raw talent. 27 is a tad late to finally put it all together, but far from unheard of.

With his current playing and Girardi’s penchant for getting guys days off, it should be a cinch to give Hicks 5 starts a week (especially with the old and injury prone Gardner and Ellsbury).

Does Holliday look off to anyone? He’s been swinging early in the count for a week now, and has a .200 OBP in his last 6 games. Not sure if it’s the back injury that he sat with for a couple days, or just a random slump. Regardless, maybe the 2017 version of Hicks could get some ABs while spelling Holliday (and DH’ing any of the three other OF’s).

Meanwhile, I can’t wait till Chris Carter gets DFAd sharply to Scranton. Get well soon, Tyler Austin…

I mean, dude DID hit 41 bombs last year. He’s not Vernon Wells or anything.

[44] No evidence to back this up, but Carter’s swing strikes me as particularly vulnerable to disuse. Without regular playing time, I don’t see Carter surpassing Wells’s 2013 OPS+ of 74. I’d rather give Bird the chance to develop at 1B, but maybe Carter could work as a DH if Holliday needs a holiday. Still, how does one get Carter there from here?

[45] Carter’s average OPS+ for the last 5 years is 116 and he’s never gone below 102. This strikes me as cynical.

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