Monday, May 13, 2019

The two team season is here

All you need to know: Boston crushed the Mariners yesterday, 11-2. We have a three-game advantage on them. They play Colorado next.

With the Devil Rays losing two of three at home to the Yankees - not long after being swept there by Boston - the crazy, upside-down world of chaos that flared throughout April has cooled to a tepid ember. Not only did we beat them at home, during a power outage, but we did it with a Scrantonian lineup that seemed airlifted from the Mel Hall era of the early 1990s. The Rays remain in first by 50 percent of one game, but the handwriting is written with a Sharpie: The Yanks-Redsocks war is coming, and everybody else should get out of its way.  

First, the Death Star must navigate some tricky personnel moves. Aaron Hicks returns tonight, which means either Mike Tauchman or Cameron Maybin - two lovable lug nuts - will disappear, quite possibly until September. Whomever stays will go when Giancarlo Stanton returns, or at least Aaron Judge comes back.

Soon, Cooperstown Cashman must either resume the unfortunate Troy Tulowitzi experiment - moving Gleyber Torres to 2B and sending DJ LeMahieu into limbo, or betray his promise that Tulo would play every day. First to go will likely be Thairo Estrada, whose HR yesterday iced the game. 

As the Yankees refortify, Boston simply marches forward, with players returning to form. Mookie Betts - MIA in April - is now hitting .292. The 2B situation has been cured by rookie Michael Chavis, hitting .282. (He went 3 for 5 yesterday.) Rafael Devers is raking at 3B, perhaps evolving into the star we feared. The only weak spot in the lineup is Steve Pearce, and he'll soon heat up. We can't sit back and hope for a plague of injuries equal to what hit the Yankees; the fact is, we are a team of china dolls. Our love for Aaron Judge is not diminished by his inability to last a full season, but let's not pretend he is Iron Man.  

From now on, it's a two-team race. In other words, nothing has changed. In the AL East, normalcy has returned.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...


Not worried about Tulo 2 at all.

As dystopian baseball fan George R. Well, had he existed, would point out...

Fragility is strength.

Cashman doesn't have the "were giving this guy big bucks" excuse. He was always a flier. (Flyer?) plus, Tulo is a game of shuffleboard away from a lat injury.

Even if he is healthy, DJ plays. The real challenge comes when Didi returns. Either way we are currently stacked around the infield. That's a good thing.

Oh, and Maybin over Tauchman. Maybin can be this year's McCutchen. Tauchman is way over his head and barely over the Mendoza line.

That said, I would prefer him to Gardner who is pretty much done. (But to be fair, he was NOT supposed to play this much.) It's incomprehensible that our ENTIRE starting outfield has been hurt pretty much the entire year.

Speaking of which, it's amazing that we are where we are without Sevi, Paxton, and Montgomery. Two aces and the best rookie pitcher from 2 years ago.

Last, does it bother anyone else that the name our radio booth has the word cancer in it? Maybe next year the booth can be sponsored by the Sloan Kettering Herpes Simplex Complex.


Doug K.


HoraceClarke66 said...

Let's not get carried away about the daily lineup of the Carmine Hose.

The .231-hitting Mitch Moreland is alternating with the .117-hitting Pearce at first. Jackie Bradley, Jr., after several miserable years, is at .149 with zero homers. Nuni is belting .190. Sure, Vazquez, their starting catcher, is hitting .278, but he's just as likely to revert to his lifetime .249, or the .207 he batted last season.

Their bench is pathetic. It wouldn't take a plague of injuries, just a tweak to one or two guys to pull the blocks out from under this lineup.

The real problem is that their starting staff seems to be rounding into shape. If Eovaldi DOES come back, with something like last year's form, this could be trouble.

Anonymous said...

Just popping in from RAB today, and noticing the citing of batting averages. Is that the standard here? If so, this is not likely going to be my new place to visit (no offense).

TheWinWarblist said...

Anon, if you meant no offense you would not have left that inane comment. Everyone of us here understands the advanced metrics. And you may snort my taint.




FUCKERS!

TheWinWarblist said...

I was going to comment that something is wrong with the Cosmos when I hate our GM, manager and coaching staff more that the Red Socks. But instead, here's Douche-Anon aimlessly wandering the interweebs not knowing what to do with its doucheself after the closing of RAB. Really. That level of fandom explains much about the world. May a pair of hedgehogs get frisky in his shorts.




Fuckers.

13bit said...

Amen, Winnie! And the stat-boy should not threaten to leave if he’s not ready to follow through on his threat. Please go where they worship the same numerical gods that you do.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Warblist--you need to spend more time looking at nude tranny photos and less time running your foul mouth on a baseball blog.

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


I advocate that the IIH Gods (I'm looking at you, Fonzie) create a side blog where those who want to flame the crap out of each other can go -- and do so.

Anyone who wants to spit fire or watch such goings-on can do so on the side blog. You could call it "It Really Isn't High At All" (IRIHAA) -- or some such.

Then the rest of us can just talk baseball. Maybe.

Alternatively, perhaps the participants can make use of Web resources such as this one:
https://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/resources/shakespeare-insults/

...at least then it might be semi-entertaining.

Of course, there are only 50 insults listed there. VERY limiting.

Anonymous said...

By the way--the anon who expressed dismay above at this blog's fixation on the mostly useless stat of BA is NOT the same anon that berates Warblist for being a warped fag. There are countless people who might be more interested in this operation if it would emerge from its self-imposed incarceration in the dank basement of statistical philistinism and old-fogeyism. Duque--you would make more money from this thing if you would just encourage a dollop or two of enlightenment.

13bit said...

Nobody believes you and nobody cares what you say, you homophobic piece of shit.

Joe Formerlyof Brooklyn said...


There are a group of Shakespearean Insulter websites available. I guess y'all didn't like the first one I proposed.

Next time, various IIH cross-insulters, you might try:
https://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Funny-pages/shakespeare-insult-kit.html

You pick a word/phrase from each of 3 categories. So, for example, one of you could smite another with --

"A pribbling rump-fed foot-licker."

This beats (by miles) the words with which you guys have been slapping each other around.

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Carl J. Weitz said...

Duque is turning a profit here? Who knew? Not I.

Carl J. Weitz said...

I prefer something newer than Shakespeare for my insults.

Dr Smith Insult Library....> https://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art3316.asp

Not too many robots here but I'd say 25% can be applied to humans.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Hey, I'm to blame for daring to mention such outdated stats as BA.

I forgot to note that Jackie Bradley, Jr., besides his .149 BA, is also sporting a .252 OBP and a .184 SLG, for a combined OPS of .436. Wow, WHAT was I thinking? That puts everything in a completely new light!

For the record, Steve Pearce's "slash"—I believe that's the modern term those young whippersnappers use—is .117/.185/.150/.335.

Oh, I know, I know: Mitch Moreland has 12 home runs on the year, pushing his slugging up to .590 and his OPS to .908. At 33, after 10 seasons, it has never been higher than .812 in a full year. So, if you think Mitch is going to break out, be my guest.

Anonymous said...

Hey13bit--you're an imbecile. Just shut the fuck up and leave the commenting to the people who graduated from junior high school.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Meanwhile, El Matador is back to the DL. A major bummer. I hope we have not already seen the best of him, which would be miserable.

Adams up, Hicks back, Tauchman and Lasagne back down. And...we signed Eamon de Valera. He should come in handy in case we wish to drive the Brits off the island, but insist upon installing a conservative regime with unrealistic expectations of restoring a pastoral Ireland in their stead.

Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside said...

Once again, the man who said you can’t predict baseball, predicted baseball. He started the pregame by promptly stating no game would be played today... before even stating his name of that of his Yankees copanera (sp?). Over the next three hours, bouncing between Steph Summers, the tarp coming off, the umps coming in and out and in and out, Suzyn describing the waves of water created when blooming the infield, and (amazingly) taking calls... John proves yet again, he can predict baseball. You cannot predict baseball. Or the weather.

Anonymous said...

HC66--why don't you can the racist/ethnic stereotyping with Lasagna? What a bunch of assholes.

And get your facts straight--Loaisiga was not sent down, as Tauchman was. He is on the IL for a month with a bad rotator cuff.

Miggy can barely make solid contact at the plate. He should just have the surgery and be done with it.

KD said...

Yes. We all get it. It’s ethnic/racial stereotyping because of the well known association of Italian foods with Hispanic ball players. Very insensitive of us.

Anonymous said...

KD, you oaf--the idea is that the name sounds "foreign" and odd, so it's fair game for this kind of crude frat house lampooning. You're one of God's mistakes. And wipe the egg salad off your chest.

KD said...

I saving that egg salad for later, thank you very much.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Was that Hispanic or Italian egg salad?

And you'll probably want to refrigerate it if you're saving it for later.

Anonymous said...

Hispanic is the term used by clueless racist frat boys. Why am I not surprised?

Rufus T. Firefly said...

I guess the census bureau is filled with clueless racist frat boys...

Or pucker is projecting again.

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