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
Yanks may lose Didi for rest of 2018 season: https://t.co/kgm68xfqct
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 24, 2018
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
— samantha (@newportliving) September 23, 2018
— robbie24cano (@DidiGoatorious) September 23, 2018
— 95-60 🇵🇷 (@IASA36) September 23, 2018
Boone is Getting Cole for Christmas
Yeah, I don't get it. Boone says it's pedal to the metal to hold off the A's, and "we're going out with the intent of pulling another (win) down."
Then A.J. Cole.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 23, 2018
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
This on Cashman now. Boone has demonstrated that he can’t be trusted to manage this bullpen. It’s like leaving a 2 year old alone in a room with sharp scissors
— Vince Giglotti (@vgiglotti) September 23, 2018
Listen folks, I have a two-year-old son and he has never suggested bringing in A.J. Cole in a tight game.
— Nick. (@SanchezGOAT) September 24, 2018
Where have I heard this “Bullpenning” idea before?
Sonny Gray coming on for the Yankees
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) September 25, 2018
He said Sonny Gray will play a major part tonight. https://t.co/vdEkBmRRSR
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 24, 2018
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?
— Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) September 23, 2018
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
Luke Voit since Aug. 24 (24 games)
*Reached base safely in 21 of 24 games
— Seth Rothman (@SethDRothman) September 22, 2018
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.
Judge said he pulled aside Luke Voit during the celebration. "'We wouldn’t be in this position right now if it wasn’t for you. You coming over here, I know it was a slow start, but you picked it up and you picked us up and when we needed the big hit, you came through for us.'
— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) September 23, 2018
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) September 24, 2018
Another late-season addition, the former MVP Andrew Mccutchen has acquitted himself well as of late.
Andrew McCutchen This Season
5 HR, 68 AB, 13.6 AB/HR
15 HR, 482 AB, 32.1 AB/HR
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) September 24, 2018
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.
The Yankees are a lot like the Trop—trying to deal with power issues.
In September Luke Voit has 7 HRs. But Judge, Sanchez, Stanton, Andujar and Torres have combined for only 8 HRs. Judge still looking for his first.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) September 24, 2018
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
How I imagine Tanaka, Sevy, and Happ are deciding on who will pitch the AL WC game. pic.twitter.com/0HzvM32ZBx
— Evan Daniel (@itsevandaniel) September 24, 2018
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.
Yankees fans, last year's WC game was basically a bullpen game.
Tonight the Yankees are pitching a 2 hitter bullpenning.
Should the Yankees bullpen the WC this year?🤔#Yankees
— Matt Castrovinci (@yankeesfan8989) September 25, 2018
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.