Monday, May 27, 2024

When the Yankees pull a Meat Loaf - as they did yesterday - it's hard not to imagine wheels falling off the wagon. But a fix is coming.


To quote Meat Loat, "We were barely 17 and we were barely dressed...""Like a bat out of Hell, I'll be gone when the morning comes..." "Two out of three ain't bad..." And - frankly, nosirree  - it ain't... bad, that is. Then again, considering yesterday's loss, it ain't no good, neither, ain't it? 

I mean, we should be celebrating. Sorta. We just won a West Coast road series against a team of revenge-minded ex-Yanks, which - if the season ended today - would qualify for that prestigious final NL Wild Card October booty call. Trouble is, we gifted the Padres a win over Juan Soto, who earned San Diego's ire by being traded, so its billionaire owner wouldn't have to pay him a worthwhile wage.

In case you missed it, here's what happened: Gleyber Torres botched another crucial play, his team-leading 7th error, opening the bullpen floodgate to a 5-2 loss. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with 4 Ks - one of those cringy games that make Yankee fans yearn for Jasson Dominguez, who is 11-for-35 (.314) in his minor league rehab assignment. In his defense (or lack of it), Gleyber went 2-4, raising his BA to .228 - meager, but much improved in recent weeks. Gleyber's fuckups seem to stem from a lack of focus - bad timing from a guy who, knee deep into his contract walk year, looks more and more like a future ex-Yank.

The Yankee infield is about to change.

Yesterday, in Scranton, DJ LeMahieu played 1B and went 0-2. In his minor league rehab, he is 4-for-21 with 5 walks and 3 Ks. He is a natural 2B. It's his happy place. And by this time next week, he will be replacing someone - maybe Anthony Rizzo against lefties? Or Oswaldo Cabrera at 3B? And unless Gleyber gets his act together, one of these days, it might be him - not Meat Loaf - who is gone, gone, gone 'till the morning comes. Like a bat out of Scranton.


AboveAverage said...

Gleyber can you hear me?
Can you feel me near you?
Gleyber can you see me?
Does it help to cheer you?
Ooooh Gleyber?

BTR999 said...

Proud to say I was among the very first members of the Trade Torres movement. My position was that his true value was as a premium trading chip. I was admonished by my friends, who clutched their pearls and lectured me about “not trading away our future” or something like that. Now, even if we move him at the deadline, all we will in peanuts in return. Come to think of it, that’s fair value!

Enjoy the holiday, spend some time thinking about those who sacrificed for us so we can sit here and bitch about millionaire players and billionaire owners,

ranger_lp said...

Gleyber at the trade deadline..."Parking ya!"

Doug K. said...

Re Hoss' post from yesterday. May I make the following recommendation...

JM said...

Gleyber sloppiness and offensive outage equals L.

Solve for L.

Rufus T. Firefly said...


Let me get my slide rule out and I'll get back to you.

I have a first guess though.

HoraceClarke66 said...

What a smart GM would be doing now is sizing up other teams and players, looking for the right package—a good, established, late-inning reliever, and a couple other decent prospects—for Gleyber.

Seeing that Gleyber's finally starting to hit a little, that smart GM would wait another few weeks, to see if he could really get going—and to make sure that DJ is actually able to play—before pulling off the deal.

After all, Gleyber's numbers at the plate have always been deceptively strong. Even his erratic fielding and baserunning aren't fully reflected in how stupid and distracted his play actually is. He even has good postseason numbers—though the last actually strong, postseason series he had was in 2020, against Tampa Bay.

But of course we don't have that smart GM. We have the GM who, if The Gleyber continues to hit a bit, will decide that yes, he really is every bit the budding superstar who said GM always thought he was, and who will look forward to re-signing him to another seven or eight years, and $25 mill or so, even as he lets Juan Soto slip through his fingers.


Kevin said...

Watching Gleyber makes my face glow like the edge of a knife

AboveAverage said...

RiP. Bill Walton

HoraceClarke66 said...

Wow. What a shame. What a great player, and he seemed like such a free spirit. Very sorry to see this.

Doug K. said...

That's too bad. I always respected his game and the man. RIP.

Rufus T. Firefly said...

Went to a couple of dead concerts with him. Actually I was way in the back and he was up front.

Bad wheels ruined him, but always upbeat.

JM said...

71 seems pretty young these days. Cancer really sucks.

AboveAverage said...

Oh Oh Say
Gleyber Torres
In MilwauKEE
They got some
Pitchers they can send
To oooooo
Our Bullpen
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
Uhm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm hmmmm

Ad infinitum
In perpetuity
Throughout the known
And unknown

Thank you

AboveAverage said...

And bye-bye Angel.
Enjoy umpire purgatory !

Rufus T. Firefly said...

good stuff here:

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