Series Preview: New York Yankees (17-9) at Chicago Cubs (16-12)

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Hey, the Yankees are suddenly really good again. The main driver of their success is the offense, which leads the majors in wRC+ by a large margin. They are second only to the Brewers in home runs, and that's without much contribution from Gary Sanchez. Our old pal Starlin Castro is having a great year, slashing .362/.402/.543. He wasn't on the title-winning team but I think odds are high that he will get some sort of recognition in this series. Hopefully something more than his (excellent) walk-up music.

Team Leaders

Yankees

Cubs

I knew Judge was having a great start to the year, but holy shit. Also, I can already heae Pat's glee at calling a game with both Judge and Jon Jay.

Injuries, transactions, vengeance pacts, etc.

The Yankees are down several notable players, most notably Gary Sanchez who is on a rehab assignment. However, it looks like he will be back for this series. Sometime first baseman Greg Bird is down with an ankle injury, and Jacoby Ellsbury is day to day with an elbow ailment.

Pitching Matchups

K%, BB%, ERA, projected ERA listed for each starter I don't have enough time to blurb these pitchers tonight, unfortunately. Or maybe fortunately.

Friday: Michael Pineda, RHP (32.2%, 3.5%, 3.14, 4.04) vs Kyle Hendricks, RHP (), 1:20 PM CT

Saturday: Jordan Montgomery, LHP (25.0%, 10.9%, 4.15, 4.84) vs Brett Anderson, sigh (14.4%, 11.5%, 6.23, 4.49), 6:15 PM CT

Sunday: Luis Severino, RHP (28.1%, 4.7%, 3.86, 4.30) vs Jon Lester, LHP (20.8%, 9.4%, 3.67, 3.25), 7:05 PM CT

 

Maybe this is just May the Fourth talking, but I've got a bad feeling about this series.

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  1. dmick89

    Rice Cube,

    From a Trump supporter? I’m not surprised.

    Out of curiosity, did 424 piss someone off on twitter and then that person waited patiently for the Yankees to come to town and then she does this?

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  2. Edwin

    trump rules:
    I hope chapman throws a fast ball at your head @aisle424

    I’d be ok with that, because with where Aisle424 is sitting, I doubt the ball even reaches him, and probably just ends up as a wild pitch.

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  3. Berselius is too lazy to login

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    Schwarber
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Zobrist
    Russell
    Heyward
    Contreras
    Hendricks
    Jay

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  4. cerulean

    The Gameday peeps are asleep at the wheel. It’s now the third inning and still on the game preview.

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  5. Perkins

    Looks like he was walking alright. If he got hit in the face, he’s probably fine. I was worried about a knee or ankle injury there.

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  6. Berselius is too lazy to login

    The Cubs are making their hits count today (dying laughing)

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  7. cerulean

    My brother-in-law was speaking with one of the minority owners of the Cubs (involved with the SB Cubs) and Castro came up. He mentioned that Starlin has this unbelievable ability but for whatever reason will just space out

    —SCHWARBER!!!—

    when on the field, so they shipped him off to New York. (Addy helped.) We just saw an example of that on the tag up.

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  8. dmick89

    cerulean,

    I’ll always remember that time mid inning he was staring off into left field as the pitch was thrown. I have more good memories than ones like that, but he definitely spaces out at times.

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  9. Perkins

    A rare Bryant TOOTBLAN following a bullshit looking strikeout in which Rizzo saw one pitch in the zone.

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  10. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Missed the end of the game – where the hell was Davis?

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  11. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Someone should tell Chapman he owes the Cubs a solid for blowing game 7 (dying laughing)

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  12. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Rizzo the Rat,

    FWIW, Davis had pitched just once in the preceding week, so I don’t necessarily have a problem with him getting some work in the game.

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  13. Berselius is too lazy to login

    To-day’s base ball squadron

    Zobrist (rf)
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Russell
    Contreras
    Almora
    Baez
    Anderson
    Jay (lf)

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  14. dmick89

    I’m better than Anderson. Glad I chose not to watch this one. Sucks that I’m starting to watch this team less and less. This season sucks.

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  15. Rizzo the Rat

    Ineffective as he was, I hate how Cubs fans booed Anderson as he left with an apparent injury.

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  16. dmick89

    What’s the point of taking Anderson out this quickly? Who gives a shit if he gives up 40 runs at this point? He should be out there for a minimum of 100 pitches unless he’s injured. Present day managers are idiots when it comes to managing a bullpen.

    EDIT: I’m an idiot

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  17. Perkins

    Realistically, what’s the best pitcher the Cubs can expect to get from a package headlined by Happ and Jimenez?

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  18. cerulean

    Perkins:
    Realistically, what’s the best pitcher the Cubs can expect to get from a package headlined by Happ and Jimenez?

    An injured one.

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  19. cerulean

    Rizzo the Rat: The Cubs have a ridiculous number of pitchers now.

    Anderson is going to the DL or getting released. La Stella or Candelario will probably come up tomorrow.

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  20. cerulean

    Jordan Montgomery was one the guys I hoped the Cubs could get from the Yankees in a prospects for prospects swap.

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  21. dmick89

    I’d consider calling up Duane Underwood, Jr. if I was the Cubs. He hasn’t pitched in AAA yet, but as a spot starter or long reliever he’d probably be fine at the MLB level and he gets some experience which could be helpful.

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  22. Berselius is too lazy to login

    To-night’s base ball squadron

    Schwarber
    Bryant
    Rizzo
    Zobrist (rf)
    Russell
    Jay
    Contreras
    Lester
    Baez

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  23. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Sore knuckle for Heyward has kept him out the last two games

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  24. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Anderson ——–> DL
    Zastryzny ———> Iowa

    Grimm, la Stella ——-> cubs

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  25. Berselius is too lazy to login

    These first inning runs are kind of comical at this point

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  26. BVS

    Don’t care what Boone says. Joe West has no business being behind the plate any more.

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    Good thing Javy didn’t have to run out that hit.

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  27. Urk

    Montgomery? I thought we were gonna see Miggy pitch again. Still might I guess.

    Edit: nope, he’s out. I thought he might stay in and catch.

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  28. Perkins

    BVS,

    West makes me less apt to be pro-union. I’m normally all for collective bargaining, but I don’t like when the strength of the union protects the demonstrably terrible.

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  29. Berselius is too lazy to login

    BVS:
    BVS,

    Though he is better than CB Bucknor

    I can’t remember who it was last year who said that at least Buckner is a good guy, if a shitty ump. Unlike the guy behind the plate today.

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  30. Perkins

    Who’s left in the pen? Strop and Rondon? I assume Pena isn’t available after working 3.2 innings yesterday.

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  31. Berselius is too lazy to login

    Inning 18 color commentary: “So, have you guys ever seen a dead body”

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  32. Berselius is too lazy to login

    If Heyward can’t even pinch hit in a sixteen inning game, he should probably be on the DL.

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  33. BVS

    Terrible throw by Russell.

    I think they call up Rollins or Rosscup. Cerulean’s point above notwithstanding. It is Colorado…

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  34. BVS

    Cubs set NL team record for most Ks in a game. Tied 1971 Angels for most in MLB at 26. Angels game went 20 innings.

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