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4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 4:31PM #41
SSBob
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 3:51PM, Paterson wrote:


   Boone is going to have a lot of arrows in his quiver when September arrives. For years the Yankees have not been a "match up" team and had a steady roster with clearly defiined roles for their players. This team is different. It has quality starters who can play more than one position, DJ and Gallo being the most obvious but they are followed by Judge, Urshela. Odor and Gardner. In addition, they have two utility guys who are fast and versatile in Wade and Velasquez.  With Stanton now playing in the field, Boone is free to manage in a very different way.




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There have been complaints here re "moving players around". Nonsense...versatility is a good thing. Players like Brock Holt, Ben Zobrist & Joey Wendle have been key to their teams' success.

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 4:36PM #42
Rob
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Aug 21, 2021 -- 6:05PM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Well a lot of people quit and said this team was boring a long time ago.




I am not ashamed to say i was one of those who found them boring and not worth watching during the first half of the season.  And watching them kick the ball around, kill rallies with DPs or base running blunders was simply not entertaining.  And, after all, what is abseball if it is not entertainment.  i was almost always following ther games on Gameday on my phone, but sitting thru the games on TV.  No Thanks.  I that makes me a fair weather fan, so be it.


Clearly they have turned it around big time, playing to teh level we thought they would in spring training and are now actually legitimate contenders for the AL East.  More importantly, they are intersting to watch


4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 4:57PM #43
Lola
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 2:37PM, Max wrote:


The Yankees were boring and underachieving. lol


So much so that in my opinion they should have been sellers instead of buyers. At the time I figured if somehow they did make the wildcard, making the wildcard would be their season highlight.


But they are now true world series contenders because to Cashman's credit he added players like Rizzo and Gallo that balanced out the heavy righty Yankees line up without going over the luxury tax threshold. Plus, Taillon started to show why the Yankees traded for him, Voit's bat also woke up, and the Yankees Triple A call ups added some spark to what was a dull Yankees line up.





You know they say... You can't predict baseball.
Good point, thanks to Cashman, he never panicked and fired anyone. Thanks to Hal for not panicking and firing everyone. Thanks to the people who have developed this team and don't make knee jerk reactions game to game like some of the fans suggest. 


Bringing in Gallo and Rizzo for practically nothing... Kudos to Cashman!

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 5:59PM #44
GottaGoToMo
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 4:36PM, Rob wrote:


Aug 21, 2021 -- 6:05PM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Well a lot of people quit and said this team was boring a long time ago.




I am not ashamed to say i was one of those who found them boring and not worth watching during the first half of the season.  And watching them kick the ball around, kill rallies with DPs or base running blunders was simply not entertaining.  And, after all, what is abseball if it is not entertainment.  i was almost always following ther games on Gameday on my phone, but sitting thru the games on TV.  No Thanks.  I that makes me a fair weather fan, so be it.


Clearly they have turned it around big time, playing to teh level we thought they would in spring training and are now actually legitimate contenders for the AL East.  More importantly, they are intersting to watch





Sorry Rob, must be me ... I must be boring ... cause I never think the Yankees are boring to watch ... takes all kinds I guess.

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 6:29PM #45
newinn
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Like everyone I love the Valazquez story and the kid has a nice glove with good range. Odor has also had a nice month after replacing Urshela but I want and expect Torres and Urshela to be right back in the lineup as soon as they are ready. Can't fall in love with a 27 year old that couldn't hook on with a major league club by age 27. He gave them a nice spark but just as I firmly believe that aside from age players hit to the back of their baseball card on the plus side I believe players slide back to the back of their baseball card on the negative side

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 6:50PM #46
GottaGoToMo
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 6:29PM, newinn wrote:


Like everyone I love the Valazquez story and the kid has a nice glove with good range. Odor has also had a nice month after replacing Urshela but I want and expect Torres and Urshela to be right back in the lineup as soon as they are ready. Can't fall in love with a 27 year old that couldn't hook on with a major league club by age 27. He gave them a nice spark but just as I firmly believe that aside from age players hit to the back of their baseball card on the plus side I believe players slide back to the back of their baseball card on the negative side




Not every horse wins the race right out of the gate ... same with baseball players ... we've seen pitchers who weren't that great suddenly start to do much better ... there is nothing to stop a hitter from doing the same thing ... it may not be likely in many situations, but it is possible.  Plus, looking at Torres, he isn't hitting to the back of his baseball card either ... and not in a good way.  I'm not thinking the Yankees will move on from Torres, but I'm also not saying that Velazquez does not deserve a shot ... either as a back-up with the Yankees or with another team that has seen his surge.  The one thing I do think could be an issue with Velazquez is that it took hitting in the Bronx to really show up in the majors ... they say baseball is quite a bit mental ... and that could be the component that finally got him to hit a homerun.

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 6:56PM #47
jimwest
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 4:36PM, Rob wrote:


Aug 21, 2021 -- 6:05PM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Well a lot of people quit and said this team was boring a long time ago.




I am not ashamed to say i was one of those who found them boring and not worth watching during the first half of the season.  And watching them kick the ball around, kill rallies with DPs or base running blunders was simply not entertaining.  And, after all, what is abseball if it is not entertainment.  i was almost always following ther games on Gameday on my phone, but sitting thru the games on TV.  No Thanks.  I that makes me a fair weather fan, so be it.


Clearly they have turned it around big time, playing to teh level we thought they would in spring training and are now actually legitimate contenders for the AL East.  More importantly, they are intersting to watch




I am in accord with your sentiments. Felt the same way, although I did mostly keep watching them, hoping against hope that any day the offense would break out. They really were playing fundamentally bad baseball, with the issues you mentioned.


This offense as it has been the past month, with some home runs, more singles and doubles, speed, and stolen bases, has been more entertaining to watch. 

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 7:03PM #48
GottaGoToMo
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 6:56PM, jimwest wrote:


Aug 22, 2021 -- 4:36PM, Rob wrote:


Aug 21, 2021 -- 6:05PM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


Well a lot of people quit and said this team was boring a long time ago.




I am not ashamed to say i was one of those who found them boring and not worth watching during the first half of the season.  And watching them kick the ball around, kill rallies with DPs or base running blunders was simply not entertaining.  And, after all, what is abseball if it is not entertainment.  i was almost always following ther games on Gameday on my phone, but sitting thru the games on TV.  No Thanks.  I that makes me a fair weather fan, so be it.


Clearly they have turned it around big time, playing to teh level we thought they would in spring training and are now actually legitimate contenders for the AL East.  More importantly, they are intersting to watch




I am in accord with your sentiments. Felt the same way, although I did mostly keep watching them, hoping against hope that any day the offense would break out. They really were playing fundamentally bad baseball, with the issues you mentioned.


This offense as it has been the past month, with some home runs, more singles and doubles, speed, and stolen bases, has been more entertaining to watch. 




Have to agree, they are more entertaining to watch this month, but Yankee baseball being boring?  Just never felt that myself.

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 7:10PM #49
SSBob
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 6:50PM, GottaGoToMo wrote:


...they say baseball is quite a bit mental ... 




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"Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical".


 

4 months ago  ::  Aug 22, 2021 - 7:19PM #50
SSBob
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Aug 22, 2021 -- 6:29PM, newinn wrote:


Like everyone I love the Valazquez story and the kid has a nice glove with good range. Odor has also had a nice month after replacing Urshela but I want and expect Torres and Urshela to be right back in the lineup as soon as they are ready. Can't fall in love with a 27 year old that couldn't hook on with a major league club by age 27. He gave them a nice spark but just as I firmly believe that aside from age players hit to the back of their baseball card on the plus side I believe players slide back to the back of their baseball card on the negative side




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Gio was 27 when Yanks acquired him...career at that point .225/.274/.315/.589/ 8 HR


Since Yanks acquired him... .298/.334/.494/.838/ 38 HR

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