• New York Yankees September 16 – 18 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees September 16 – 18 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 49th installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After sweeping a 2-game set in Fenway, the Yanks made a rare trip to Milwaukee for 3 games against the Brewers. The Brew Crew is a solid ballclub, but the Yanks could use a couple wins in this series.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    The Crew Strikes First

    The Brewers took the 1st game of the series by outslugging the Bombers 7-6. Montas got the start and continues to thoroughly underwhelm as he went just 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits. To make matters worse, Holmes took the loss after Donaldson tied the game 6-6 in the top of the 9th.

    It’s hard to paint a pretty picture when your lineup stakes your starter to a 5-0 lead and he blows it, then both your 8th inning guy and your closer allow runs to let the game slip away. That’s very disheartening for fans. Plus, no home run from Judge.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: If you can’t pitch, you can’t win. Montas has looked pretty lousy, Holmes is hit or miss lately, and the team just looks beatable. Yes, they still hold a solid lead in the AL East, but it remains hard to imagine this team having a deep playoff run.

    The Crew Wins Again

    The Yanks bumbled through the 2nd game of the series and only managed to score 1 run in a lackluster 4-1 loss. They’re now in danger of being swept just as this race toward the finish line was supposed to be heating up.

    Taillon got the start and turned in 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits, including a 3-run jack to Adames in the 3rd inning. Not the start the team really needed, and again no homer from Judge in this one.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: You can’t afford to sleepwalk through any game in September. The Yanks looked like they were barely awake in this game and showed no fire at all. I don’t think many Yankee fans are holding out high hopes that this team can somehow flip a switch and become a machine the way they were in the first half of the year.

    Yanks Win a Slugfest

    The lineup provided some fireworks in the final game of the series, winning 12-8. The big story of the day was Judge cranking 2 homers to raise his total to 59 for the season. He’s now officially at the point where he could tie or surpass Maris any game now and it’s provided some serious excitement and drama. Every at-bat will become a must-see event from here on out as the Big Man carries this team toward the AL East title.

    Cole got the start and wasn’t great, going 5 innings and allowing 4 runs. This was essentially the same outing Taillon had the day before, but the difference here was that the lineup supported Cole. Again his major weakness is the long ball as he surrendered a 3-run jack in the 1st inning and a solo shot in the 2nd. If he could cut down on the home runs, he’d be a lot better.

    Cabrera, Rizzo, and Hicks also homered for the Bombers in helping to avoid the sweep. In fact, Stanton was the only starter who didn’t have at least 1 hit in the game.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Sometimes you just need to outslug the other team. It was good to see the lineup answering the call when Cole faltered early.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: When you have a solid lead in the standings, just stay the course and carry it home. The Yanks still hold a 5.5 game lead over the Jays (6 in the loss column) as the season nears its end. That’s a big gap to make up with just 16 and 15 games remaining for the teams. But it can be done so there should be no resting on their laurels if you’re the Yanks. The Yanks now head home to welcome the Pirates for a quick 2-game set. Jacob Schoeneberger knows they could do themselves a big favor by winning both of those.

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  • New York Yankees September 13 – 14 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees September 13 – 14 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 48th installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After taking 2 of 3 from the Rays, the Yanks headed to Fenway for 2 games against their hated rivals. The Sox remain in last place in the AL East, but records go out the window when these teams meet and I’m sure they’d love to try and spoil the Yankees’ run.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    The Big Man Answers the Call

    Cole got the start in the 1st game of the series and did not look all that great. He turned in 6 innings, allowing 4 runs on 3 homers. The long ball remains his nemesis. That start was not exactly what the team needed, but luckily there’s an MVP candidate on the squad that stepped up big time.

    With the team trailing 3-2 in the 6th, Judge belted his 56th home run of the season to tie it. Bogaerts put the Sox up 4-3 by homering off Cole in the bottom of the 6th. Then Judge cranked his 57th of the year in the 8th to tie it at 4-4, and it went to extras. I mean, what would this team be without Aaron Judge? He’s been an absolute machine.

    The Yanks plated 3 runs in the 10th, but barely held on because Boone sent Holmes out for the 10th after he’d pitched a scoreless 9th. Once again Holmes faltered when asked to do more than 1 inning of work, which, again, remains obvious to every human being on the planet Earth with 2 eyes and a single iota of intelligence EXCEPT Aaron Boone for some reason. Holmes cannot go more than 1 inning, it’s pretty simple. He’s proved it time and again. Peralta came on after Holmes to put the Sox away, but they scored 2 runs and made it a tight 7-6 win for the Bombers.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Taking a tight game from a rival in their ballpark is a huge win. Hopefully the Yanks can hold this momentum and keep pressure on the Jays and Rays. Those teams are separated by a half game in the standings, and both trail the Yanks by 6 games in the loss column. It’s going to be a tight race to the finish line.

    Sweep the Sox

    The Yanks got the 2-game sweep by topping the Sox 5-3 in the 2nd game. Nasty Nestor got the start and turned in 5 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 7. A solid outing in Fenway. Then Schmidt came on and gave the team 2 scoreless innings without a hit. Loaisiga and Holmes took the 8th and 9th innings, and each gave up a run, but it wasn’t enough for Boston.

    The game also included a weird play that allowed Gleyber to score on a single. With men on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs in the 5th inning and no score in the game, Gleyber lined a single in front of the right-fielder who decided to throw home to try to cut down the run. His throw was up the 3rd base line and Gleyber had rounded 1st so the catcher threw to 1st to try to get Gleyber in a rundown. But his throw was errant which allowed the 2nd run to score, and Gleyber went all the way from 1st to beat the throw home. Yikes! Sloppy fielding will burn you every time. The play plated 3 runs and gave the Yanks a lead they never relinquished.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: When you look at teams that are having a rough year, often the defense is a huge culprit. The Sox were 1 out away from getting out of the inning but bad defense turned it into a 3-run fiasco when the damage could have been limited. It’s the little things that win and lose baseball games.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Sweeping a rival makes the team feel good. The Yanks went into Fenway and grabbed 2 crucial wins. That has to have them feeling a lot better about themselves. The Jays and Rays are currently playing a 5-game series, and the Jays have taken 3 of 4 so far, putting themselves right back in the mix for the AL East race, and the race for the Wild Card. The Yanks’ lead over the Jays remains 6 games with each team having 19 games left to play. They will meet in Toronto for a 3-game series in late September, and right now that series looms large.

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  • New York Yankees September 9 – 11 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees September 9 – 11 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 47th installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After taking 3 of 4 from the Twins, the Yanks welcomed the Rays to the Bronx for a 3-game set. This is a crucial series for both teams. It’s the last time they play each other, and the Yankees have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way. Among other opponents, they will play 6 against the last-place Red Sox (even though those will be tough games as the Sox will likely love to play spoiler), 2 against the last-place Pirates, and 4 against the lowly Rangers. The Rays really need to seize this opportunity to close more ground on the Bombers.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    Rays Win a Big One

    The Rays took the 1st game of the series 4-2. Montas started and went 5.2 innings, allowing all 4 runs on 9 hits. A far cry from the last start he had against the Rays.

    The Yanks can’t feel good about this loss, as they’ve dropped another game in the standings. The pressure is squarely on New York’s shoulders now as they have to turn this thing around and soon.

    No homer from Judge so there’s really no good news as the lineup was totally flat. They look like they’re sleeping again.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: When you’re in a rut, someone has to get things rolling. Somebody in this lineup needs to step up soon or everything is going to fall apart.

    Bats Come Alive

    Finally the lineup ignited and the Yanks scored double-digit runs for the 1st time since Nixon was in office, as they won the 2nd game of the series 10-3. They teed off on our old pal Kluber in the 1st inning, to the tune of 6 runs on 8 hits. Kluber wasn’t even able to get out of the 1st inning.

    Taillon gave the team what it needed as he settled in with the lead and cruised through 7.1 innings, allowing just the 3 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 8. This was a feel-good win for the team as they were able to score a huge victory and put the pressure squarely back onto the Rays’ shoulders.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Momentum can swing quickly in the game of baseball. Now that the Yanks grabbed the 2nd game of the series, all the pressure now lies on the Rays. They cannot afford to lose this series and not gain ground in this head-to-head matchup. There are fewer and fewer games remaining in the season and a head-to-head matchup is a golden opportunity to control your own destiny.

    The Empire Strikes Back
    The Yankee lineup continued to mash as they plated 10 runs in the first 2 innings, en route to a huge 10-4 victory. Gleyber hit two dingers and Stanton hit a 3-run shot (his 2nd homer in the past 2 days) as they stepped up at just the right time. These are 2 guys that can start to carry the team if they get hot at the right time.

    The Yanks used pretty much the whole pitching squad with everyone throwing an inning. Everything about this was a statement victory as they put incredible pressure on the Rays. Their lead in the AL East is technically 5.5 games, but it equates to 4 in the loss column and 7 in the wins column. That’s quite a bit of ground for the Rays to make up in a short amount of time. The Yanks have 21 games remaining, the Rays have 24. It’s not insurmountable by any means, especially after seeing how badly the Yanks can play sometimes, but it is a tough haul.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Getting hot at the right time can make your season. Sometimes it’s not about being the best all season, sometimes it’s about getting hot at the right time.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: A September push can lead to good things in the playoffs. If the Yanks get hot now and push hard through their last 21 games, maybe they can carry good momentum into the playoffs. Frankly, Jacob Schoeneberger just wants to see them make the playoffs with how rough the past month and a half has been.

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  • New York Yankees September 5 – 8 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees September 5 – 8 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 46th installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After losing 2 of 3 to the Rays, the Yanks stumbled home for a 4-game set against the Twins. The Yanks are chasing history, if they blow their lead in the division it will be the biggest division lead ever blown. Hey, there’s a nice distinction to hang your hat on says Jacob Scheoenberger.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    The Long Ball Returns

    The Yanks took the 1st game of the series 5-2 by hitting 3 home runs. Gonzalez hit his 4th of the year in the 3rd inning, Kiner-Falefa hit his 2nd of the year in the 7th inning, but the big one was Judge’s 54th of the year, a 2-run shot in the 6th inning. Judge continues to absolutely mash the ball as he marches toward history of his own. Except his is positive history.

    Taillon got the start and went 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. Now normally that’s enough to earn a Yankees pitcher the loss, but the lineup was feeling generous in this one.

    Our old pal Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run homer, his 14th of the year, to provide the only runs for the Twins. At the time, his homer tied the game so I’m sure that felt good for him.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Sometimes home games help set things in order. Hopefully this upcoming 7-game Yankees homestand will get them rolling in the right direction. With 27 games remaining in the season, something has to start going right for them.

    Swept the Twin Bill

    After the 2nd game of the series was rained out, the teams played a doubleheader and the Yanks won both. The 1st game of the twin bill featured some crazy drama. Judge cranked his 55th homer and Gleyber hit his 19th to provide the Yankees’ 3 runs. German got the start and went 6 innings, allowing just 3 runs on 7 hits himself, but the teams headed to extra innings tied at 3 apiece. After the Twins scored a run in the top of the 12th to make it 4-3, Kiner-Falefa led off the bottom of the 12th with a hit to tie it, then Oswaldo Cabrera knocked a walk-off single to win it 5-4.

    After using most of the bullpen in the 1st game, the Yanks needed a solid outing from Cole in the 2nd game and he delivered. I ride Cole quite a bit about not stepping up when the team really needs it, but he was a rock in this game. He went 6.2 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits and striking out a whopping 14 batters. This was a huge performance exactly when the team needed it, against a solid opponent. Luetge came in and got the last 7 outs of the game, helping the Yanks to a 7-1 victory.

    Kiner-Falefa hit a grand slam in the 4th inning to put the Yanks up 4-1. It was just his 3rd dinger of the season, but his bat is coming alive at just the right time. Even Hicksy, who has struggled mightily this year and been the target of a lot of Yankee fans’ ire, had 3 RBIs in the 8th to help ensure the victory.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: A doubleheader sweep should get your team rolling. These wins ensure the Yanks have now won this Twins series, and it’s important to keep going because the Rays won yet again, and the lead is still 5 games (4 in the loss column). This lead is by no means safe, but every day that goes by without them closing makes it tougher for the Rays to pull it out. And Nestor returns from the IL to start the final game of the Twins series, so hopefully the team will be fired up behind him.

    How Sweep It Isn’t

    The Yanks weren’t able to complete the 4-game sweep over the Twins. The final game of the series was a tight, well-pitched, well-played game, and it’s certainly not something Yankee fans can be too angry about. Nestor started but only went 4 innings as he’s fresh off the IL. He allowed 2 runs.

    But the big blow came in the 8th. With the scored tied 2-2, Correa took Weissert deep to make it 4-2. The Yanks plated a run in the bottom of the 8th, but that was it as they lost 4-3.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Lineups have to do damage or solid pitching is all for naught. I’m pretty worried that this lineup doesn’t pack enough punch to do any damage down the stretch. Of course it has Judge so there are some games he can carry the team. But DJ is now on the IL, Benintendi and Carpenter may not return, Stanton is looking feeble after his return from the IL, and Gleyber and Hicksy haven’t stepped up the way they need to. Andujar did crank a homer last night, and Cabrera, Peraza, and Florial show potential, but these are not guys you can rely on to provide punch for a September push to the playoffs. That is worrisome.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: If you want 1st place, beat the 2nd place team when you play them. It’s really that simple believes Jacob Schoeneberger. The Rays now come to town for a 3-game set in the Bronx. If the Yanks want to win the AL East, they should take 2 of these 3 games. They hold a 4.5 game lead over the Rays (but just 3 in the loss column), so there isn’t much room for error. The Rays are hot, but it’s time to claim the division if the Yanks really want it.

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  • New York Yankees September 2 – 4 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees September 2 – 4 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 45th installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After losing 2 of 3 to the Angels, the Yanks took their dumpster fire show to Tampa Bay for a 3-game set with the 2nd-place Rays.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    The Hits Keep Not Coming

    The Yanks continued their race toward history as they dropped a really close 1st game of the series 9-0. They knocked a paltry 5 hits and recorded 3 errors as they continue to look primed to blow their lead in the division.

    German started and went 6.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. Not an awful night by any means. He kept the team in the game, but unfortunately he forgot that his team was the Yankees and allowing a single run means you get the loss. He should try to remember that from now on.

    The bullpen came in and stunk, obviously since they allowed 6 runs, but that’s really a moot point because the lineup is so feeble. At this point it’s more a question of does Boone survive the rest of the season, and will Cashman be fired in the offseason? I sincerely doubt Boone will be fired because that would require Cashman to admit he made a mistake, which he will absolutely never do. Despite the fact that the evidence overwhelmingly speaks otherwise. And firing Cashman would require Hal Steinbrenner to prove he actually cares about winning a championship, which it’s looking more and more every year like he really doesn’t. I think Hal is content to field a team consistently good enough to make the playoffs, or be close, and then bow out. It probably turns a nice tidy profit for him every year.

    But this year he’s got some serious issues, and I don’t think that strategy will work for him anymore. If he fails to bring back Judge in the offseason, his fans will be seriously unhappy, he’ll have trouble fielding a team that can contend next year, and he’ll have trouble putting butts in the seats in 23. Not to mention Cohen now runs the Mets and is helping New York remember what it’s like to have an owner committed to winning it all.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Kinda hard to win when your opponent scores a run per inning while you score 0 runs per inning.

    Comical

    The Rays won the 2nd game of the series 2-1. Judge hit his 52nd homer of the year as he continues to provide the only reason to even watch this team anymore. They’ve lost yet another series and their lead in the AL East continues to dwindle daily.

    There’s very little reason for optimism at this point, but hopefully Judge can set the record in what’s rapidly becoming a lost season. The team had 3 hits on the day, Judge had 2 of them. They’re just plain pathetic.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: You can’t ask your fans to care when it’s pretty clear the team doesn’t.

    Avoid the Sweep

    The Yanks salvaged the final game of the series, winning 2-1. I know the YES announcers were trying desperately to feed the fans the whole “this could be the beginning of something good” line, but I’m not biting. This win didn’t feel to me like a break out of the funk kind of win. In fact, they’ve had several of those over the past month and a half and none of them have worked, so why should this one feel any different?

    Montas got the start and had good stuff as he went 5 innings, allowing 1 hit, 0 runs, and notching 7 Ks. A solid outing. Judge cranked his 53rd homer and scored both runs in the game. He had 3 of the team’s 6 hits as he continues to basically carry them as best he can. But that’s hard to do when literally no one else on the team is hitting at all. He’ll hit a home run every game but there’s rarely anyone on base.

    And it’s not like it was all good news on the day. Benintendi has some sort of fracture in his wrist and looks headed for surgery. Holmes gave up 3 hits in the 9th, 2 of them doubles, as he barely hung on for the save. It took striking out Diaz (on a very, very borderline pitch) with the tying and winning runs in scoring position to barely preserve the win. Plus, DJ looks like he can barely put weight on his back foot when he swings. I think he’s playing through pain to try to help the team, wouldn’t surprise me a bit if we learn he had a significant injury in the latter half of the year.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Avoiding a sweep is nice, but it’s not winning the series. This tight win helps, but it doesn’t make everything ok for the Yankees at all.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: At some point, the lineup needs to hit. Boone threw a fit on a catcher’s interference call and got booted from the game. He was already upset at what he felt was a missed call on a foul ball that was called an out, but he felt hit the screen. He lost his challenge and then couldn’t challenge the catcher interference call. Whole thing seemed ridiculous to me. The only thing he should be angry about is the fact that his team isn’t hitting. Jacob Schoeneberger believes it is really that simple.

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  • New York Yankees August 29 – 31 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees August 29 – 31 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 44th installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After splitting a 4-game series with the lowly, lowly A’s (no offense to A’s fans), the Yanks bumbled their way, like the bumbling oafs they’re playing like, down to Anaheim to meet the Halos for a 3-game series.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    Another Day, Another Loss

    The Yanks lost the 1st game of the series 4-3, with the lineup once again not providing much punch.

    The exceptions to that were Rizzo cranking his 29th dinger as he continues a solid season (though a .223 average ain’t exactly bragging material), and Judge walloped his 50th. Judge continues to be basically the only Yankee proving he wants to win every game, as the rest pretty much stumble through. His chase of Maris and the AL home run record are providing basically the only reason to watch the Yanks over the past month. If you like good, crisp baseball featuring clutch hitting, the Yanks aren’t for you.

    Montas got the start and according to the YES announcers we’re still supposed to feel optimistic about getting him. Yeah I guess, if you say so. He surrendered 3 homers which accounted for all the Angels’ runs. While 6 innings pitched, 8 hits (including the 3 homers), and 4 runs allowed isn’t the worst evening ever, it’s not the best either. But obviously Montas shouldn’t take all the blame for this loss, as the feeble offense continued to not support their pitcher.

    Holmes threw a scoreless 7th inning with a K, so there’s some good news. Just trying to give the Yankee fans a positive to take away from their 3rd straight loss.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Winning 5 straight games loses some of its luster when you immediately lose 3 straight after. This team does not look motivated. That’s a Boone thing.

    Big Man Carrying the Team

    The bullpen really stepped up big in the 2nd game of the series. Taillon got hit on the forearm by a line drive on the last out of the 2nd inning. He had to leave the game for x-rays after, and the game was left in the hands of the pen. (X-rays came back negative on Taillon, so Boone is hoping he won’t even miss a start. That’s good news.)

    The score was tied after 2 innings. Benintendi and Rizzo both hit solo homers, and Stassi hit a 2-run shot off Taillon. Leading 4-2 in the 5th, Judge decided to put the team on his shoulders once again and cranked his 51st homer of the year, a 3-run shot that put the Yanks up 7-2 and gave the bullpen some breathing room. That homer turned out to be the difference in the game.

    Weissert threw 2 scoreless innings, Luetge only went 0.2 innings and gave up a solo homer in the 5th, Trivino turned in an inning, Marinaccio went 1.1, Loaisiga turned in 1.1, then Peralta came in and got the last 2 outs, but also surrendered a run himself to make the final 7-4.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Always fun to watch a guy chase history. You really can’t say enough about the season Aaron Judge is having. Even now that the team is struggling mightily, he comes in every day and hits and plays hard. He’s a true MVP candidate and he’s going to give voters a tough decision between him and Ohtani when the season ends. He’s now batting .297, 1.065 OPS, 51 HR, 113 RBI. Those stats jump right off the page, and he still has a month of hitting to do.

    Cashman has absolutely no leg to stand on in his offseason negotiations with Judge. This team would barely be .500 without him, and the guy is going to set the AL record (or come crazy close) for homers in a season and at least be 2nd in MVP voting if he doesn’t win it. Cashman will have a lot of competition to get the guy signed and he’ll probably have a fan revolt on his hands if he doesn’t keep him in pinstripes. The Big Man bet on himself, and boy is it ever going to pay off. But I’m sure he’s worried more about winning the AL East and then getting to the World Series first. This team is going to have to get a lot better for those things to happen.

    Another Series, Another Lost Series

    And the lows just keep getting lower as the Yanks fell 3-2 in the final game and lost another series. Cole got the start, but of course Yankee fans weren’t expecting any magic from him because it was a fairly high-pressure game. The team needed the win, so there was no way Cole would deliver. And he didn’t.

    Can’t pin this one on Cole too much though. He went 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, but the big blow came on a 3-run jack he surrendered to Ohtani in the 6th. That proved to be the difference.

    But the lineup was really to blame here. They mustered a mere 2 runs on 3 hits and once again showed an utter lack of any pride. They now lead the Rays by just 5 games in the loss column and they’re heading to Tampa for a 3-game series next. They also play the Rays for another 3 games in the Bronx later in the month, so the Rays have to feel pretty good knowing they have some say in their destiny now.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: If your manager can’t get results from his team, why is he your manager? I had the thought after the Yanks lost their 3rd straight game to the Jays, that if they got swept by the Jays and lost to the Mets that maybe Aaron Boone shouldn’t travel with the team to Oakland. Then a small miracle happened as they won 5 straight games and saved Boone’s job. But now they’ve subsequently dropped 4 of 5 games and once again look like rubbish. Boone has not figured this thing out and every day gets drearier. It’s now September and their lead is tenuous at best.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: A lot can happen in September. We’ve seen some crazy things happen in the month of September in the past. The rosters expand, teams play with increased gusto, and leads get swallowed up. Jacob Schoeneberger hopes the expanded rosters invigorates this lackadaisical Yankee team and they get inspired to go on a run. What once seemed inevitable has now become endangered.

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  • New York Yankees August 25 – 28 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees August 25 – 28 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 43rd installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After taking both games of a quick 2-game Subway Series against the Mets, the Yanks headed to the West Coast for a 4-game series with the A’s. Oakland is in last place so this was a chance for the Bombers to right the ship and grab some wins.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    Cautious Optimism

    While it’s just the A’s, there’s reason for some cautious optimism for Yankee fans now. By thumping the A’s 13-4 in the 1st game of the series, the Yanks have now won 4 straight games after their thoroughly miserable slide. It’s hard to forget that they played such bad baseball as recently as last week, so I’m approaching this recent upturn with cautious optimism because everything went right in this game.

    Stanton came back to the lineup and immediately knocked in 3 RBIs, Donaldson went 3-5 with 3 RBIs of his own, Cabrera went 3-6 with an RBI, and basically every starter got a hit. That’s a really good sign.

    Taillon got the start and cruised through 6 innings, allowing just 1 run on a solo homer to Langeliers in the 6th inning. Weissert relieved him in the 7th for his first major league appearance, but it didn’t exactly work out for him. He hit the first 2 batters with his first 2 pitches, and man your debut could have only gone worse if they had been homers on your first 2 pitches. He recorded just 1 out and had 3 earned runs charged to him. Luckily the Yanks were firmly ahead and it hardly mattered. Luetge came in and put away the last 2.2 innings, allowing just 2 hits and no runs.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: If you’re going to win, win big. This was a feel-good night for the team, the bats came alive, the runs piled up, and for a night they looked like their old selves again. They need to make this a habit and take at least 2 more games in Oakland over the weekend.

    But of course the big win couldn’t come without some bad news. Nestor headed to the 15-day IL with a groin injury. That’s ok though, because the Yanks have Monty and JP Sears ready to pick up the slack. Oh wait, Sears is on the A’s pitching like an animal (in fact, the Yanks will probably see him in the 2nd game of this series), and Monty has been absolute gold in St. Louis. Meh, who needs starting pitching? It’s overrated anyway.

    Cole and Judge Carry

    Cole got the start in the 2nd game of the series, and since there was no pressure and he was facing the second-worst team in baseball, he actually pitched well. He went 7.1 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits. The only run came on a 7th-inning homer from Bride.

    Judge cranked his 49th homer, a 3-run shot in the 5th, that amounted to the only runs for the Yanks as they won 3-2. Sears had a decent start for the A’s and just threw that one mistake pitch to the big man. Judge has been an absolute machine, and that’s the good news. The Yanks have won 5 straight and that’s good news. But the bad news is the offense isn’t exactly cranking. Judge had the only big hit of the night. But the series is off to a good start, and they need to win another one of the next two games in Oakland to call it a successful series.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: You have to win series against lesser opponents. The Yanks have put themselves in a good position, they just need to see it through.

    Terrible

    The Yanks seemed to be in good position in the 3rd game of the series. They won the first 2 games, and Oller, the starter for the A’s, had a whopping 5.66 ERA. All things were lined up for a good day for the Bombers. Buuuuut, the Bombers forgot how to bomb and stumbled through the day as Oller threw 8 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit. That’s truly pathetic. Hats off to Oller for a fine start, but this lineup has no pride. Zero.

    German started for the Yanks, and he matched zeroes on the scoreboard with Oller, going 7.2 innings allowing 0 runs on just 3 hits. A fine start and with any other lineup in baseball that isn’t these sad sacks he probably would have gotten a nice win.

    But it wasn’t to be on this day. The teams headed to extra innings with 0 runs on the board. Yes, the vaunted New York Yankees, in 1st place in the AL East, a team that was on pace to break the single-season wins record in July, headed to extra innings with the worst team in the AL with 0 runs on the board. Needless to say they lost in pathetic fashion.

    The 5-game winning streak was nice, but this was a lousy loss. They mustered 1 hit in 11 innings. Ouch.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Hits win games.

    Horrible

    No point in rehashing the final game of the series other than to say the Yanks lost 4-1 and mustered just 4 hits. They just split a series with ostensibly the worst team in baseball. Wow.

    No pride on this team. None. Any optimism that sprang with the 5 straight wins has pretty much evaporated. Look, I still feel this team can win enough to take the AL East. It’s probable they’ll play postseason games and that will be nice. Lots of fans of other teams would kill to be able to see their team play playoff games. But it’s hard not to feel like this team has fallen flat.

    And with how good this team was, fans were looking at their ability to win it all. Now it looks highly improbable that they can with the AL. A lot can change in a month, but right now you have to ask yourself what that will be? What will actually change? Will it be Sevy returning from the IL and being a beast? What confidence could anyone have that that will happen? He was improving as the year went on, but he certainly wasn’t a monster starter. And now will he be back to square one after this latest injury?

    Will Bader come to the team and inject a huge shot of energy? I guess anything is possible but why would anyone think he will be a difference-maker?

    Will the team miraculously remember they’re good and start hitting again? Yeah, I think this is possible. It’s really the only thing I’m hoping for. I mean, this lineup just mustered 3 runs against 2 starters with ERAs over 5.00 over the past couple days. That’s really unacceptable. At some point, it’s time to start showing some pride and having good at-bats.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Hit the ball, that’s how you win.

    I’d have to say my favorite part of the weekend was when Chapman had to head to the IL because his tattoo got infected. That’s a new one, Jacob Schoeneberger likes that. I have nothing against tattoos, obviously, but I’m betting there will be stipulations in contracts going forward that no one can get tattoos during the season. It’s just laughable at this point. Hey, maybe he’ll come off the IL and actually remember how to be a closer again! There’s another pipe dream for Yankee fans to cling to.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: It’s never too late to play good baseball. The Yanks now head to Anaheim to play the Angels for a 3-game set to finish the month of August. They maintain a 7.5 game lead over the Rays (7 in the loss column). They have a month left to play good ball and set themselves up for postseason success.

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  • New York Yankees August 22 – 23 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees August 22 – 23 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 42nd installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    After dropping 3 of 4 to the Jays at home, the Yanks are reeling and looking completely lost. Yankee fans are starting to feel hopeless, and even Boone is starting to flip his lid during post-game interviews. The only bright side to any of this is that they had built a big lead in the standings, so they had some cushion, but even that is dwindling away daily. Now they welcome the red-hot Mets to the Bronx for a quick, 2-game set.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    Big Win

    Jacob Schoeneberger doesn’t want to overstate anything here because the Yanks have been bad for several weeks. And they’ve had several chances to break out of their slide but have been unable to. But the Yanks got a really big win in the 1st game of the series.

    On paper, it looked like the Mets had the advantage. They had Scherzer heading to the hill, while the Yanks countered with German. German has been solid, and gaining arm strength back steadily, but he certainly isn’t in Scherzer’s league.

    But the Yanks were able to put 4 runs up on Scherzer, including Judge’s 47th dinger of the year and 2 RBIs from Benintendi who’s starting to get hot in pinstripes. German gave the team 6.1 innings, allowing just 4 hits, and the only mistake pitch he threw was a 2-run homer to Vogelbach in the 7th. Marinaccio gave the team 1.1 innings, then Loaisiga threw 1.1 innings to get the save in a 4-2 win.

    The way Boone used the pen is pretty telling here too. He didn’t go to Chappy (who’s looked hittable lately) or Effross (who is the other presumed closer). Interesting moves, but they paid off on this night.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: One big win can change momentum. I’ve said this several times throughout this bad streak the Yanks have been going through, but they either need to ride the momentum of this win into playing better baseball, or this season could end ugly.

    An Unlikely Sweep

    If you had asked Jake Schoeneberger going into this series if there was any way the Yanks could grab a sweep, I would have said no way. After they had lost the 3rd straight game of the Jays series, it seemed to me like the Yanks were finished. They were going to face 3 of the toughest pitchers in baseball over the next 3 days. First Manoah, then Scherzer, then deGrom. Then Boone slammed the table and yelled at reporters after that game, and the unlikeliest thing happened.

    First they found a way to beat Manoah, then they found a way to beat Scherzer, and then the Mets decided to hold deGrom’s start off until their next series so the Yanks faced Walker in the 2nd game of the series. And again, they found a way.

    Montas got the start and turned in a solid 5.2 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits. It was the start he desperately needed, and it came at the perfect time. Judge cranked his 48th homer and had two RBIs, bringing his total to 105. Benintendi added another RBI and Cabrera had his 1st RBI as well.

    Schmidt relieved Montas and was cruising, looking like he’d get both the win and a 3-inning save, but then he faltered in the 9th. Peralta came on with the bases loaded and got the final out, earning a 1-out save in the 4-2 victory. Boone’s bullpen use has been interesting to say the least, but it certainly seems like he’s not exactly showing much faith in Chapman and Effross. Or maybe he’s preserving their arms a bit with a huge playoff push coming over the next month? Ya got me, but his maneuvering has been interesting, especially with a travel day coming after this quick 2-game series.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Beating a rival can really jump-start a team. Make no mistake about it, the Mets are a rival. Any Yankee fan who denies that is fooling themselves. Both teams and their fans want bragging rights in NY, so every time they meet up it’s a fun time.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: When you’re in slump, stomping on a last-place team can fix your issues. The Yanks now head to Oakland for a 4-game set against the last-place A’s (who have the 2nd-worst record in baseball). They absolutely need to win at least 3 of these games. Not just for their confidence, but also because the Rays and Jays are playing good baseball and the division lead has dwindled a bit.

    Plus, after they play the A’s and Angels, things are going to get really tough. It will be September and they’ll see the Rays (for 6 games), the Twins, the Red Sox (for 6 games), the Jays (in Toronto), the O’s… these will be tough games and they’ll all be hungry for playoff spots. Jacob Schoeneberger knows September will not be an easy month, better grab some wins in California now.

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  • New York Yankees August 18 – 21 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees August 18 – 21 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 41st installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    The Yanks only mustered a single miraculous win against the Rays, and now they welcome the Jays to town for a 4-game set. Jake Schoeneberger can honestly say that it’s no understatement to say the fate of this series may ultimately decide the fate of the Yankees’ season. If they get swept, or lose 3 out of 4, I can pretty much guarantee they’re not a championship team. This slide has gone on too long and they may not even make the playoffs at all. If they split, we’re still in wait and see mode. If they win the series, there could be cautious optimism that they’re turning things around.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    Right Back to the Losing

    The Yanks lost the 1st game of the series in decidedly ugly fashion by the score of 9-2. Once again, Brian Cashman (who YES announcers are never ashamed to call “the best in the business”) has egg on his face as Montas got shelled again. Montas went 6 innings allowing 6 runs on 8 hits. Shall we compare that outing to Jordan Montgomery’s last outing? Yes, let’s do that. Monty went 5.2 innings, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits as he picked up a win for the Cards. Montas now boasts a lovely 4-10 record (2 of those losses with the Yanks) and a 3.87 ERA, while Monty is 6-3 with a 3.29 ERA.

    Oh and since the day the trade of Monty was made, the cards are 12-3 and the Yankees are 3-12. People, these numbers speak for themselves.

    But Montas wasn’t solely to blame as the lineup continued to struggle. This collapse is starting to look inevitable.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Just shut up and find a way to win the game. Sometimes it becomes time to stop talking, stop saying you’ll figure it out, and just go out there and do it. That time has come for the Yankees. It’s officially late August and it’s time to start winning again.

    Can’t Win Without a Run

    The Jays took the 2nd game of the series 4-0 with the Yanks mustering only 4 hits and 0 runs. Hmmm, what can one say about this game? Let’s see here. The Yankees are not very good.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Runs help you win games.

    Lookin’ Like Our Ace

    After losing the first 2 games of the series the Yanks were desperate as they turned to their “ace” Cole who promptly did what he always does and folded. After not allowing a hit over the first 4 innings and clinging to a 2-0 lead, Cole imploded in the 5th allowing 4 runs and pretty much deflating everyone in the Stadium who thought the Yanks had a chance to get things turned around.

    In Cole’s defense, the lineup forgot that you’re actually supposed to hit the little round thing with that wooden thing you carry into the batter’s box. They looked timid and didn’t put up much of a fight and left 19 men on base on the day. I mean, that’s just pathetic.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Maybe try knocking in some of those baserunners, it really makes a big difference.

    Boone Desperation

    But the big fireworks of the day came in the post-game interview with Boone. He was visibly angry and pounding the table, and he sure looked to me like a manager who knows he’s about to be doing a lot more golfing.

    The part I really took exception to was when he snapped at Meredith Marakovits. Let’s be honest here, the reporters for the YES Network are homers and that’s ok. They know 99.9% of viewers are Yankee fans so all I really expect out of them is that they do their homework and ask decent questions when their time comes. For the hard-hitting stuff, I’m waiting on the NY Post beat reporters and the Daily News team. But Meredith gets the first 3 questions in any post-game interview and they’re usually softball questions that don’t put any pressure on Boone.

    So when she asked him how he thought the team would get out of this (there is no adequate word for it) funk they’re in, Boone had the audacity to snap at her and say, “You can ask that every day…” Whoa whoa whoa. Of course reporters are going to ask that every day, Boone, when your team loses every day. And that’s still a softball question! It could get way worse than that with how bad this team is.

    After that he snapped a couple more times and then it started to look like exactly what it was, a big routine that he hopes will snap his players back to life. Whatever. At this point I don’t expect any miracles so I’m just going to watch and hope they turn it around. No idea how they’ll do it, maybe Stanton’s return soon will help, but we’ll see.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Sometimes the strangest things will ignite a team. If your manager being a big baby during a post-game interview helps, so be it.

    The Actual Ace Steps Up

    In the final game of the series, Nestor gave the team 6 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits. The only run came on homer he gave up to Merrifield in the 3rd inning.

    The lineup wasn’t exactly chugging as Manoah held it close, but the Yanks held a 2-1 lead in the 7th. Loaisiga and Peralta couldn’t hold the lead and it was 2-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th. Then Benintendi picked the perfect time to hit his first home run as a Yankee, a 2-run shot that made it 4-2. Trivino was pitcher of record and he got the win, but he also threw scoreless 8th and 9th innings so he deserves huge credit for a gutsy performance when the team needed it. Game balls go to both Benintendi and Trivino in this one.

    It’s a nice win but it’s definitely not one of those “all problems are now solved” kind of wins. They can just be glad they didn’t get broomed at home.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Three out of four ain’t bad. I’m sure this series gives the Jays a lot of confidence. They have the same record as the Rays and they both trail the Yanks by 8 games (7 in the loss column).

    Also, there was some tension during the game when Manoah hit Judge, with some jawing between Manoah and Cole, but Jacob Schoeneberger chalks that up to both teams needing to get this rivalry heated. It was a great weekend for the Jays, but they know they still have a lot of work to do to catch the Yanks. The Yankees have stunk recently so they know they needed to get a fire lit somehow too. I think both Cole and Manoah knew what they were doing by trading some words. They’re both just looking to fire their teams up.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: To be the best, you have to beat the best. The Mets now come to the Bronx for a 2-game Subway Series set. The Amazin’s now boast a better record than the Yanks, and their projected starters will be Scherzer and deGrom, while the Yanks put German and Montas on the hill. The on-paper edge clearly goes to the Mets, so we’ll see how it plays out.

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  • New York Yankees August 15 – 17 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    New York Yankees August 15 – 17 Thoughts from Jacob Schoeneberger

    The 40th installment of Jake Schoeneberger’s opinions on the Yankees

    The New York Yankees are not a good baseball team right now. They lost 2 of 3 to the Red Sox in Fenway and overall had an ugly road trip going just 2-7. They stumbled back to the Bronx for a 3-game series against the Rays.

    Here are some thoughts in random order on the series of Yankees baseball from Jacob Schoeneberger:

    Jacob Schoeneberger Knows It’s Getting Ugly

    The Yanks were shut out for the 2nd straight game after losing the 1st game of the series 4-0. They’ve now scored just 5 runs in their past 4 games and this slide has officially become an epidemic.

    Hicksy had himself a wretched night, and it seems like some Yankee fans have decided to make him the scapegoat for this loss, or somehow the scapegoat for all the recent woes, but that’s just ridiculous. He did misjudge a fly ball that led to a run and that definitely stinks. But it was only 1 run, and this guy is pretty solid in center with the glove. I mean, this is the first time I’ve ever seen him misplay a ball. Yes, it came at a bad time, but it certainly didn’t decide the game and it shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. He also had a bad night with the bat, striking out to end an inning with RISPs, and grounding into a double play with the bases loaded. No question those are tough at-bats, and no doubt it was a rough evening for him, but to place all the blame on him is just silly. Hicksy is hitting just .218, and a paltry .173 with RISPs this year, so he does need to get it going a lot better, but he’s not the sole issue here.

    This team, as a whole, looks horrendous right now. Do not single out any one player because, make no mistake about it, the whole team is reeling. They’ve scored 0 runs the past 2 games. That is not the result of any one player, that’s a whole team issue.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: If the entire team is scuffling, look no further than its leadership to find the problem. No, Yankee fans, this is not an Aaron Hicks problem. This is a Yankees problem, and it starts from the top and trickles down. Boone needs to get this thing sorted. Cashman had his chance but instead he poured gasoline on a tiny spark and started an inferno. Now it’s down to Boone.

    And that smell on the air isn’t just the smoke from this fire they started, it’s also the smell of a general manager and a manager looking for new jobs come October.

    Dumpster Fire

    The Yankees went from a trainwreck to a bona fide dumpster fire in the 2nd game of the series, losing 3-1. They’ve now scored just 6 runs in their past 5 games, and they look about as feeble as a baseball team can possibly look.

    There is zero fight, zero hustle, zero pride in this team right now and it’s out of control. If you want Jacob Schoeneberger to find a single way they can turn this around, you’re out of luck. I’ve got nothing. I’ve followed baseball my whole life and I’ve never seen a team go from being the best in baseball to the worst in a couple of weeks. It’s astounding. Sure, teams blow big leads sometimes, but this is abysmal.

    I was talking to another Yankee fan the other day and this fan assured me the lead in the AL East was safe. Really? Not sure what team he’s watching but no lead is safe unless a team can win a few games. The Yankees do not look like a team that is ready to win. The Rays have leapfrogged the Jays to gain 2nd place, now trailing the Yanks by 9 games (8 in the loss column). Certainly not an insurmountable lead by any means if the Yanks lose every series they play.

    The only somewhat bright side to this is that the pitching hasn’t been terrible. Nestor went 7 innings, allowing just 3 runs in this game. On any other night, that could earn a win. So if the bats awaken somehow, there’s still hope for this team. But I’ll hold off on optimism until I see that.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Runs win games. 1 run over the past 3 games ain’t gonna cut it.

    Miracles Do Happen

    No, it’s not just that the Yankees actually won a game that made it miraculous (though it is a miracle these days when they win at all), it was how they did it. The final game of the series was not going their way at all early on. The Rays were staked to a 4-0 lead in the 6th as they plated 3 runs off starter German, and another off Luetge who relieved him. As the Yankee lineup continued to snooze away through 5 innings, you can bet I figured this would just be another pathetic loss.

    Then Gleyber got things turned around as he belted a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th to cut the Rays’ lead in half to 4-2. Judge had an RBI in the 7th to make it 4-3, then Rizzo slammed a solo shot in the 8th to tie it 4-4.

    That feel-good vibe didn’t last long though, because Effross and Chapman (the two guys vying for the closer role now that Holmes has hit the IL with back spasms) both got knocked around in the 10th, surrendering 3 runs between them. Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the 10th, it once again looked like a dismal outcome was in store.

    Judge was on 2nd to start the inning, then Gleyber singled and Rizzo walked, loading the bases with no outs, and setting the stage for some drama. Donaldson then came up and scorched an 0-1 pitch into the right-field stands for a walkoff grand slam, giving the Yanks a miraculous 8-7 win.

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: Walkoff grand slams when the team is trailing by 3 are just the best. Nothing more thrilling.

    This game had its share of positives and negatives. First, the negatives. German wasn’t exactly awesome going 4.2 innings and allowing 3 runs. The lineup dozed most of the night against a good pitcher in Kluber. Effross and Chapman getting smacked around is not a good sign since they’re all we’ve got in the way of closers. A win is nice, but this felt like a miracle. You can’t count on coming back from 4-0 and 7-4 deficits consistently. That’s luck.

    Now the positives. Obviously, a win was desperately needed to avoid the sweep. This was the kind of win that can get a team hot. It was a “never give up, never give in” kind of win and something they can rally around. They’ve called up Florial and Peraza so maybe those guys can light a fire under this team and get the confidence and swagger back up. Jacob Schoeneberger and all Yankee fans will see if this win creates a positive trend for the team.

    The Jake Schoeneberger Random Yankees Thought of the Day

    If there’s a single Jacob Schoeneberger Baseball Nugget of Wisdom it’s this: You never know when the momentum can swing in a baseball season, or what will swing it. Sometimes one game can create a new trend. The Yanks have to hope this is the case. The Jays now come to town for a 4-game set. It’s crucial that the Yanks get back on track. The Jays and Rays now have the same record, and the Yanks hold a 10-game lead over both (9 in the loss column). Seems big, but it’s no guarantee.

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