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Don’t Let the AL Central Race Distract You from Pointing at the Yankees and Laughing

Cleveland and Chicago are formidable opponents but don’t take your eye off the ball.
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With the three AL Central leaders separated by a game and a half and the Twins lined up to play the other two back-to-back, it’s critical to remember the important thing: The Yankees straight-up suck right now.

The persistent cause of Minnesota’s postseason nightmares is currently in the depths of a 5-15 slide and it’s important to recognize that this is hilarious. Take in a deep breath and laugh the kind of laugh that rings with joy and merriment and makes others laugh with you. The Yankees are bad at baseball and you love to see it. It’s great, and you shouldn’t be ashamed for enjoying it. Relish their misery. It whips ass.

There are extenuating circumstances if you’re inclined to sympathy. Unlike any other team in baseball, the Yankees have injuries. Unlike any other team in baseball, the Yankees have critical players in prolonged slumps. Name one other team that could overcome injuries or slumps, much less both simultaneously. It can’t be done!

You might think that the crucial matter at hand is fending off Cleveland and Chicago for the AL Central crown in this last frenzied quarter of the truncated season. You are thinking wrong. All three teams are going to get in, home field doesn’t exist, and any division pennant from 2020 is going to have an asterisk larger than the champion’s logo. Focus on what’s important. Focus on the Yankees being an epic trainwreck.

This coming weekend promises to be filled with distractions for local sports fans. Not only are Minnesota and Cleveland battling at Target Field, the Vikings make their 2020 debut against the hated Packers. There are NBA and NHL playoffs. The Lynx and the Loons are playing. There’s even a slate of college football games on Saturday and the US Open at Flushing Meadows. It’s a staggering buffet of sports action.

And I’m asking you to please spare an eyeball for the upstart Baltimore Orioles (only two games below .500!) as they battle the Bronx Bombers. New York is clinging to the last playoff spot in the AL at this writing. Would be a shame if they lost it at the hands of a team that went 54-108 in 2019. A damn shame.

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    • Brock Beauchamp, Danchat, flpmagikat and 6 others like this

Sure, 25% of the country is on fire, meeting in groups is verboten because #pandemiclife, hurricane season wiped out much of the gulf, racism is still real...

 

...but if 2020 gives us glorious Yankee failure, it just might be worth it.

    • Brock Beauchamp, SQUIRREL, USAFChief and 6 others like this

D*** Yankees!!!! SKOL Orioles!

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twinbythebay
Sep 11 2020 09:15 AM

Who's ready to laugh even harder??

 

Gerrit Cole in 2020: $13.3 million adjusted salary / 0.6 fWAR = $22.22 million per fWAR

 

Kenta Maeda in 2020: ~$3.1 million adjusted salary (including incentives) / 1.6 fWAR = $1.97 milion per fWAR

 

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • USNMCPO, flatlanddad, DocBauer and 4 others like this

So, here is a question sure to make for some interesting discussion. If the O's can't do it against the yanks, do we start rooting for Houston? My gut says my hatred for the Yanks trumps my dislike of the cheating scandal. But whats the consensus, if there is one?

 

So, here is a question sure to make for some interesting discussion. If the O's can't do it against the yanks, do we start rooting for Houston? My gut says my hatred for the Yanks trumps my dislike of the cheating scandal. But whats the consensus, if there is one?

Houston is currently the 2nd seed in the AL West.That is unlikely to change and they don't play the Yankees anymore in this regular season.There is nothing the Astros can do to effect Yankees playoffs.I am rooting for either Baltimore or Detroit to claim the final AL Wild Card.

    • Nine of twelve likes this

 

Who's ready to laugh even harder??

 

Gerrit Cole in 2020: $13.3 million adjusted salary / 0.6 fWAR = $22.22 million per fWAR

 

Kenta Maeda in 2020: ~$3.1 million adjusted salary (including incentives) / 1.6 fWAR = $1.97 milion per fWAR

 

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I don't think the Yankees are too concerned about the efficiency of their spending...

 

(FWIW, Cole threw a 2-hit shutout today, albeit only in a 7 inning game.)

    • twinbythebay likes this
The Yankees will be in the postseason. Let's just hope we don't draw them in round 1.
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Nine of twelve
Sep 11 2020 06:16 PM

 

The Yankees will be in the postseason. Let's just hope we don't draw them in round 1.

Oh ye of little faith. Go Tigers! Go Orioles!

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twinbythebay
Sep 11 2020 06:33 PM

 

I don't think the Yankees are too concerned about the efficiency of their spending...

 

(FWIW, Cole threw a 2-hit shutout today, albeit only in a 7 inning game.)

Details, details...

 

Can't we just take some time to irrationally point and laugh at the big bully who just fell and skinned his knee, even though we know we are likely in store for a beatdown from said bully in the near future?

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Doctor Gast
Sep 12 2020 05:55 AM

I know the Yankees have injuries & players are slumping but I also think the Yanks were relying also on cheating much like Houston. They have to get used to playing a clean game. Hope also they don`t make the play offs

 

I for one welcome our Yankee overlords, who treat their vanquished with great kindness despite our inherent inferiority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send Help. Hurry.

    • SQUIRREL likes this
And now we have this gem about their relief ace: https://www.nj.com/y...-sometimes.html Talk about a crappy season! Part of me wants to take them out in the first round, part of me doesn’t want the prospect of another round of wallowing in Wankee dung.
Don't look now, but I think the Yankees are just as far out of 1st as the Twins are. They've won 7 straight.
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John Kelsey
Sep 17 2020 09:32 AM

The Yankees lineup is still really good. However, the rotation is pretty beatable when Cole isn't pitching. Severino, German, and Paxton are done for the year which leaves them with Tanaka and a bunch of question marks. 

 

In the pen, Kahnle is also out for the year and Ottavino has been disastrous. 

 

The Yankees lineup is still really good. However, the rotation is pretty beatable when Cole isn't pitching. Severino, German, and Paxton are done for the year which leaves them with Tanaka and a bunch of question marks. 

 

In the pen, Kahnle is also out for the year and Ottavino has been disastrous. 

Tanaka is pretty darn good, especially in the postseason. I'm not sure I'd put him in the "pretty beatable" group. Top prospect Deivi Garcia has looked good too, through 4 starts (although one would hope we could get to him in his postseason debut, like we did with Severino).

 

The pen does seem a little weaker, but Chapman got a late start and appears to be heating up now, and it looks like still have 4-5 healthy effective guys setting him up, some of whom are capable of throwing multiple innings.

Get ready for Garret Cole in game 1, in Yankee Stadium.

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