All is lost! Everything is terrible! Billy Joelstradamus was a prophet!
The Yankees season is doomed I tell you! They’re 5-5!
Hey kids, don’t procrastinate. I’ve been meaning to write this article about Gerrit Cole since last year and now it’s way, so far behind the curve that I had to use the terrible pun you see up top rather than the equally as bad “The Stove Is Cole” that I previously had in the draft. But whatever, it’s 2018 and Cole is a Houston Astro. And I’m actually pretty OK with that, really.
In 2015 I went to the AL Wild Card game with my brother. We were excited, maybe the Yankees could pull this off! Sure they had stumbled into the postseason like somebody doing a treadmill program who decides he’s ready to actually run outside (no of course that’s not autobiographical why would you think that?) but hey, they were still here! The last Yankee postseason game I went to, I got to witness Derek Jeter snap his ankle in half, so it had to go better than that, right?
Oh whoops I had a whole week to write a retrospective on the first half and a preview of the second half but baseball is back tonight and I am bad at time management lol. It’s my lunch break so lets go read some of my musings about the team prior to Opening Day, and then I’ll predict what happens in the second half.
The 2017 season so far seems to have amplified every storyline written about baseball for the past two years. Home Runs! Strikeouts! Pitchers breaking! I want to focus on the first bit because dingers own, but also because there’s several very interesting guys out there playing right now who are testing the limits of what a team will put up with in terms of “traditional” production. Let’s look at two of ’em.
Here are Tanaka’s current numbers:
Yeesh. Not very good company.
I realize this is a super-timely post now, what with Derek Jeter‘s number retirement/monument park ceremony being…around two weeks ago now. I’m not a timely guy.
But anyway, I wanna wade right into the midst of a nice, civil, objective, and totally not at all hyperbolic subject: The over, under, or properly-ratedness of one Derek “#re2pect” Jeter.
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