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Yankees: Pinstripe Pride Twitter Roundup, 9/25/18

The Pinstripe Pride roundup is a semi-occasional look at our favorite Yankees related tweets. Let’s take a look at the best tweets of the week. 

Pray for Didi

Let’s face it, if Didi Gregorius is out for the playoff run, the Yankees are a significantly worse team. They’ll lose their best left-handed power threat and arguably their best infield defender. Sure Gleyber will be able to fill in at his natural shortstop position and Neil Walker will get more reps at second base, but Didi will not be easily replaced.

Let us Meme for Didi

Boone is Getting Cole for Christmas

Aaron Boone’s mismanagement of the bullpen has rightfully been met with scorn. Didn’t he read my column from way back in August!? A.J. Cole had a 7.15 ERA second half on August 14th… today his second-half ERA is 8.50.

My Two-Year-Old is More Responsible

Listen folks, I have a two-year-old son and he has never suggested bringing in A.J. Cole in a tight game.

#Bullpenning

Where have I heard this “Bullpenning” idea before?

Final line score on Sonny Gray from 9/24/18: 2 IP,  2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Sure Aaron, “major part.” If by that you mean, “The only Yankees reliever to give up a run.” Gray did pick up the win, however, and his record stands at 11-9. Jacob Degrom is only 9-9, so Gray must be having a pretty good year.

 

Are These Guys Legal?

They may be rookies, but they sure are playing like vets. With all the injuries the Yankees have suffered this year, they needed Gleyber and Andujar to really step up and these young guys have really answered the call. Will one of them win the rookie of the year? Maybe. Andujar and Torres currently rank third and fourth in A.L. fWAR, at 2.5 and 2.0, respectively. The leader is Tampa’s Joey Wendle (??) at 3.6, followed by Shohei Ohtani at 2.6.

And for the record, Gleyber is 21 and Miggy Paps is 23. Nothing to see here.

The Force is Strong

It pains me to say this, but Greg Bird was given many chances this year. While I do believe he has the potential to be a 40 home run hitter, this just wasn’t his year. Bird really has not been missed, however, as Luke Voit has been excellent. Voit has been giving us his best Shane Spencer impersonation and everyone is grateful. Spencer was a spark plug down the stretch in ’98 when he slashed .373/.411/.910 (!) with 10 home runs in 27 games and 73 PAs. Future Yankees captain, Aaron Judge paid a nice compliment to Voit.

Clutch Cutch

Another late-season addition, the former MVP Andrew Mccutchen has acquitted himself well as of late.

Not only has he drastically increased his power output, but Cutch is getting on base over 40% of the time. Credit given where due, Aaron Boone has consistently slotted Cutch in the leadoff spot and the Yankees have benefited offensively.

Yikes.

We once thought that these Yankees were a sure bet to break the all-time single-season team home run record. Not with numbers like this they won’t. Good thing there’s still a week left to the season so the Yankees big bats can try to find their groove.

The Good, the Good, and the Good

Who will start the WC game? Should it depend on whether we’re home or away? Most recent stats? History? A coin flip?

Ultimately Luis Severino at his best is the Yankees best option, but he has been horrible in the second half, except for his last start against the Red Sox. Happ has been great since being acquired from the Blue Jays, going 6-0 in 10 games. Tanaka has quietly put together another very good season, however, he gives up way to many home runs for my liking in a single-game elimination.

He might be on to something here. Would the Yankees be better off going with something like this against Oakland:

Inning 1: Jonathan Holder
Inning 2-3: Chad Green
Inning 4-5: David Robertson
Inning 6-9: Britton, Betances, Chapman

Whether the Yankees decide to go the traditional route or the modern route, so long as A.J. Cole does not pitch in the Wild Card game, they have a chance at beating Oakland.

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