Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Weekly Mailbag: Paxton's Run, The Playoff Infield, and Jonathan Loaisiga's Once and Future Role!

Man, the hits just keep on coming. This team can’t catch a break when it comes to injuries.  I really thought that we’d get some of the team healthy prior to the playoffs, but right now, we’re playing two men down, one man up.  Between the bad news on Hicks and injuries to Tauchman, Happ, Kahnle, Sanchez, and Encarnacion, it’s getting tough to keep it all straight.  Luckily, the Yankee front office has assembled a ton of depth, probably even more than it realized.  Still, I’d love to talk about a much healthier Yankee roster as we get closer to the playoffs.

Without any further ado, in this week’s mailbag, we’ll talk about James Paxton’s run of excellence, sort through a potential playoff infield lineup, and look at a potential role for Jonathan Loaisiga.  Let’s get at it:

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Happ Throws a Good One: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1

Happ Throws a Good One: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1

Following a tough night in Beantown, the Yankees came back against the Sox on Saturday afternoon, riding a good start by JA Happ to a 5-1 victory. The Yankees got runs when they needed them, and the Sox just didn’t have an answer at the plate today.

(Photo Credit: Associated Press)

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Yankees 6, Giants 4: Sanchez Leads the Yanks Over the Giants

Yankees 6, Giants 4: Sanchez Leads the Yanks Over the Giants

The Yanks won again on a sunny afternoon in San Francisco, 6-4, taking the first two games of a three game set vs. the Giants, moving the Yanks to 16-11 overall. Do not let the close score fool you: the Yankees were in complete control of this game, even as the wheels nearly came off at the end. In reality, the story of the game can be told in two innings.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ben Margot

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When It Rains, It Pours: Yankees Drop Rain-Shortened Game to White Sox

When It Rains, It Pours: Yankees Drop Rain-Shortened Game to White Sox

In trying to be clever and think of a good title for this game recap, I ventured into looking for idioms related to rain. After a simple search, I found quite a nice list from TheFreeDictionary.com with a plethora of idioms I’ve never heard before (“It's raining pitchforks,” or, “Charge it to the dust and let the rain settle it.”), but one in particular stood out on the list, and had absolutely nothing to do with rain (or so I thought):

“Win some, Lose some.”

It’s lone definition, “…used especially as consolation following some loss or failure,” to me it encapsulates the current Yankees team almost to a T. It really seems as though each ‘win’ the Yankees have had this year has come at the expense of a loss. The wins have truly been few and far between, yet the losses continue to accumulate.

It’s an idiom that is said to have it’s origins from sports gambling in the early 1900s, yet others have pointed towards a similar expression as to showing it has roots from baseball. That’s how we’ll tackle today’s recap from last night:

“You win a few, you lose a few. Some get rained out. But you got to dress for all of them.” -Satchel Paige

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Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

Competing Interpretations of the 2018 Yankees

As the 2019 season approaches, most Yankee fans hope, perhaps even expect, that this year ends not with the team handed a defeat by the Red Sox, but rather with a celebration in the Bronx or at some yet undetermined National League ballpark. The question of whether or not the team is good enough to achieve that goal will be answered over the next nine months, but how we look at that question has a lot to do with what we think happened in 2018…

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The Yankees Are Operating Backwards

The Yankees have had one of the busiest off-season’s of any Major League team this season (save for maybe the Mets). The Yankees entered the offs-season with 2/5 of a starting rotation, and no one to play shortstop. They filled out the rotation with free-agent signings that are not flashy, but are likely to produce good value relative to their contracts in CC Sabathia and JA Happ, and by swinging a trade with the Mariners to acquire James Paxton, who pitches like an ace when healthy and is under team control until 2021. The Yanks dealt good prospects for a player who can help them win now, which is the right move for a team with World Series aspirations. After waiting out the market, the Yankees signed Troy Tulowitzki to fill the gap at shortstop for the league minimum salary. Any positive production Tulo provides this year makes him a worthwhile signing from the perspective of monetary value. Overall, the Yanks have worked to fill holes with free agent signings with good value and trades that look good even with a bit of hindsight. Brian Cashman has done a nice job of leveraging value to fill out the 2019 roster. So how are the Yankees operating backwards?

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