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VF314 Live Chat – 5/11/2022

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Happy Wednesday everyone, but especially to the first place, 21-8, best record in MLB New York Yankees. Last night’s thrilling walk off win was pretty awesome, huh? Not only are the Yankees beating up on bad teams, but they’re also 8-3 against teams with a .500 record or better. That narrative died quickly, didn’t it?

Let’s chat today at noon eastern about all things Yankees. The Bombers look for the mini sweep of the Jays this afternoon, starting at 12:35pm, so we can chat through a portion of the game as well. The message queue is open now so you can send questions in advance before things get underway. See you in a bit.

VF314 Live Chat – 5/4/2022

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Good morning everyone, and indeed what a good morning it is to be a Yankees fan. Best record in the majors, best run differential, and winners of 11 straight. Pretty great, I gotta say. The season is still young, but one couldn’t ask for a better start.

After a couple of weeks of chats during afternoon games, we’re back to our usual noon eastern chat time on a Wednesday. The message queue below is open so you can send your questions in before the chat begins, if you wish. Otherwise, come by in a couple of hours as today’s chat gets underway.

DoTF: Big weeks at the plate for Volpe, Wells, Chaparro, and García

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

SWB lost four of six games playing host to Lehigh Valley. The RailRiders are 9-14 and 4.5 games behind the pace in the International League East.

  • Say Hay: RHP Hayden Wesneski: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, BB, 6 K, HR — Went 12 up, 12 down to start the game before running into trouble in the fifth. Nick Maton took him deep. Only need 76 pitches to go six frames. Raises his ERA to 2.37 on the season in 19 innings.
  • Still Struggling: RHP Deivi García: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K — Labored through this one…saved his best inning for last though, throwing a 1-2-3 fourth. His strikeout total (11) has finally met his walk total (11) on the season (19 innings). That good spring training feels long ago.
  • Going DownGil: RHP Luis Gil: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, WP — Yikes, threw 77 pitches in spite of a 13 pitch, 1-2-3 second inning. Control has never been Gil’s strong suit, but an 18.5 percent walk rate just won’t fly. He managed to pitch well at a ~15 percent mark last year, but perhaps he was a bit lucky. Stuff is obviously overpowering, but a relief role is in his future if he can’t find the zone often enough.
  • Starting Pitcher: LHP JP Sears: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K — Threw 45 pitches; not sure if the team is trying to stretch him out or if his day in the rotation is simply a bullpen day. Clarke Schmidt could take his spot with roster size in the majors decreasing.
  • Starting Pitcher: LHP Matt Krook: 4.1 ISP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 7 K — Oof, 6 walks and 7 strikeouts? Not a lot of action behind him. Three of those walks came in the fifth, for what it’s worth, so maybe he was just left in too long. Threw 89 pitches.
  • Original Killer B: LHP Manny Bañuelos: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K — ManBan was very efficient, needing just 68 pitches to get this far.
  • Prospect Watch: SS Oswald Peraza: 6-for-19, 4 R, HR, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 3 SB — Nice rebound after reaching base just once in previous 17 plate appearances. His average as reached the Mendoza Line, but he still has just a 67 wRC+.
  • Prospect Watch: IF Oswaldo Cabrera: 5-for-20, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K — Finally got his first homer of the year. Hopefully that gets him going. He had 29 last season. O-Cab has a .214/.286/.400 (81 wRC+) in just under 80 PA.
  • Ebb and Flo: CF Estevan Florial: 7-for-18, 5 R, 2B, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K, 2 SB — He really knows how to tease everyone with awesome weeks like this from time to time, only to look awful for long stretches. 24 year old now has a .246/.342/.391 (97 wRC+) line, albeit with a K-rate north of 30%.
  • Leftovers: 1B Greg Bird reached base 8 times; 6 via walk…IF Armando Alvarez and OF Phillip Evans homered…RHP Ron Marinaccio dominated in his return to the minors, striking out 5 in 2 frames yesterday.

VF314 Live Chat – 4/28/2022

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Chat day will return to Wednesdays at noon next week, but because of today’s matinee, let’s talk during this afternoon’s game. The Yankees are going for the sweep against Baltimore and for their sixth straight win overall. We can discuss today’s action or anything else Yankees-related on your mind.

Today’s chat will begin just a few minutes before first pitch; 1pm eastern. Similar to last week, depending on how things go, the chat could last longer than the requisite one hour. As always, you can submit your questions ahead of time in the message box below.

Thoughts on the Yankee Letter, DJLM, Cole, and Gallo

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Programming note: Today’s chat has been moved to tomorrow afternoon during the game against the Orioles.

With last night’s 12-8 victory over Baltimore, the Yankees are now 11-6 and a half game behind Toronto in the AL East. The Bombers also have the AL’s second best run differential (+18), only topped by the Mariners (!?). Things are starting to roll for the Yanks: the offense has awoken and the pitching staff continues to impress.

While we wait for tonight’s affair against the O’s, I have a few thoughts to share. Most of my thoughts relate to the 2022 team, but first, I share my reaction to the unsealing of the infamous “Yankee Letter”. Let’s get to it.

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