It is Thursday, and it’s the second off day of the week for the Yankees. Aside from the occasional rain delay, this should only happen one more time before the playoffs start. It’s going to be a real sprint to the end from here on out.
With 18 games in the books, the Yanks are 30% through this bizarro short season. At 12-6, they have the second-best winning percentage in all of baseball. They have just a two-game lead over second-place Tampa, but they’re all but guaranteed to make the postseason (98.8%). Things are going about as well as you could hope at this point, aside from a few injuries here and there.
The Yanks just swept the Braves, so it’s natural to be thinking about the late 1990s. To that end, let’s all take a moment to appreciate David Cone’s performance in Game 3 of the 1996 World Series, shall we?
David Cone sure was a hell of a pitcher. Love that dude. Anyway, here is today’s Yankees news:
- The Yanks will trot out Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, and (sigh) J.A. Happ this weekend against Boston. (Lindsey Adler) As Derek noted, this is dumb.
- We have no idea what Boston’s rotation will be except for Saturday, when Nate Eovaldi will take the hill for the Sox. (Chris Cotillo) Boston is such a mess. It’s great.
- Aroldis Chapman will be back with the Yanks soon after throwing several sim games in recent days. His velocity is fine and hit will be good to get him back in the pen. (Erik Boland) Be sure to give Conor Foley props for the best reporting on this out there.
- Unfortunately, there is no update yet on Aaron Judge. The last we heard is that we’ll “see how the next 24-48 hours go” to determine if he’ll play in tomorrow’s game. Folks, you hate to see it. (Bryan Hoch) I’m still not worried, but yeah. Could be better.
- Gerrit Cole was on R2C2 (again) and it was predictably great. (R2C2)
- Erik Kratz shined some light on life at the ~Alternate Site~. Check it out. (Hank Winnicki)
- Finally, Yankees Magazine did an in-depth profile of Jasson Dominguez the other day. I just caught up with it now, and it’s worth your time. The money line comes from Donny Rowland, the head of the Yanks international scouting department. “He’s the kind of player that makes the hair on your arm stand up when you watch him.” (Jon Schwartz)
The Yankees are off tonight. That means you have no excuse for not tuning into Randy’s panel discussion with Bradford Davis of the New York Daily News, Josiah Gray of the Dodgers, and Brendan Hardy of the Mets. They’re joining Pitcher List for a discussion on the experience of being a person of color in baseball. They’re talking at 9:00 pm EST on Twitter. Check it out.
Until then, have a good night, everyone.