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Random thoughts before the series in Minnesota

The Yankees won two of three in Seattle and are about to start a series against Minnesota so I figured it would be a perfect time for a random thoughts post.

Settle in with a drink or something. Let’s go:

  • Winning two out of three is fine but I would have preferred the Yankees sweep Seattle for the season.
  • Masahiro Tanaka should start the Wild Card game.
  • At least that’s how I feel right now.
  • We’ll see how I feel further down the line.
  • Let’s hope the Yankees 1) make the Wild Card game and 2) host it.
  • I really don’t want them to play in Oakland.
  • They won’t win.
  • That’s not me being a pessimist, it’s me being a realist.
  • Oakland has turned into one of the best teams in baseball while the Yankees are just there.
  • And I know, they’re a win away from 90 on the year but it seems like the Yankees are treading water.
  • I hate that feeling.
  • The A’s will be playing the Orioles this week.
  • The Orioles are 41-102.
  • The Yankees count for six of those 41 wins.
  • How annoying.
  • The Yankees play them one more time later this month.
  • If they don’t sweep Baltimore, it will be an embarrassment.
  • Tanaka looked really good against Seattle on Friday night.
  • He’s now 7-0 with a 2.02 ERA against them in his career.
  • Not too shabby.
  • Austin Romine hit his 10th home run of the season on Saturday night.
  • Dellin Betances gave us all a scare on Saturday night.
  • He actually Houndini’d his way out of a pretty big jam in the bottom of the ninth.
  • I really thought he was going to blow it.
  • He didn’t.
  • Unfortunately, that luck didn’t carry over into Sunday when he gave up the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
  • Oh well.
  • Gary Sanchez still looks awful at the plate.
  • So does Giancarlo Stanton.
  • The Yankees need Aaron Judge back.
  • And who knows if that’s actually going to happen.
  • The wrist is the worst thing to break.
  • It’s a tricky healing practice depending on how you break it.
  • Freakin’ Jakob Junis.
  • I like Andrew McCutchen.
  • He’s funny.
  • If you don’t follow him on Instagram, correct that mistake.
  • Dellin Betances’ bloody finger scares me.
  • That has to be annoying for him.
  • The Yankees are 82-21 against the Twins in the regular season since 2002.
  • Isn’t that something?
  • When you think of all of the turnover¬†in the rosters these last 16 years and how different the teams have been, it’s really an incredible accomplishment.
  • Sonny Gray is getting the start at Target Field on Tuesday night.
  • That frightens me a bit.
  • The Twins are doing the opener thing.
  • After all of the jokes about the Rays doing it, it seems every other team in the league is trying the opener experiment as well.
  • If it works, why not?
  • J.A. Happ is looking for his 16th win tonight and Luis Severino will be looking for his 17th on Wednesday.
  • Severino is worrying me a bit which is why I want Tanaka to start the Wild Card game.
  • I don’t trust Severino as much as I trust Tanaka right now.
  • Again, we’ll see how things go these next few weeks.
  • After the series in Minnesota, the Yanks return home for their last homestand of the season.
  • I’ve¬†only been to one game this year and they lost to the Rays.
  • It was game in which the Rays used an opener and the Yankees couldn’t get anything going against them.
  • It was irritating to watch in person.
  • It was also Old Timers’ Day and very hot out.
  • Anyway, let’s go Yankees!

 

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