Sunday, August 6, 2017

IT'S OFFICIALLY INTENSE


Last night I chose to sit the game out and do something...presumably less stressful, paint.  Not necessarily a new trend, but a popular concept- Pinot's Palette.  Here's how it works for you newbies: you book a time slot that represents the painting you wish to paint, you bring wine, you bring friends and you follow step by step instructions given to you by a master painter until you create your final product.  The night begins with an empty canvas and an unmixed palette and ends with an original Van Gough or Monet, whichever floats your boat.

Source: Suzie Pinstripe Original Canvas

What does this all have to do with the Yankees?  It means that painting is as intense as putting together a lineup to win.  It's unpredictable.  It's as precise as your brush strokes.  It's an open canvas and colors get mixed around, until you get a final product.  I thought I was sitting tonight's Yankee game out in order to relax and paint, but instead, the night was intense, much like the Yankees as they head into the final seven or so weeks of the season.

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As reported by the YES Network prior to last night's win against the Cleveland Indians, "Jordan Montgomery leads all MLB rookies in strikeouts, and leads AL rookies in wins, starts, and innings." He had a stellar outing last night despite being "pounded by Tampa Bay last time out, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings to take the loss after winning five of his previous six decisions. The Yankees lost five of the 24-year-old South Carolina native’s six starts in July while he compiled a 5.90 ERA after he went 4-0 with a 2.59 mark in June," reported YES.  Although he did not get the win last night, his stuff got better as he continued to pitch. Montgomery only gave up three hits in five innings of work, handing the game over to David Robertson, who also provided great pitching, holding Cleveland to just one run.

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The intensity is building on the mound, at the plate and in field.  So much has been written and said about Aaron Judge's slide in productivity since the All Star Break.  Judge provided some needed offense last night, but not at the capacity he did during the first half of the season.  This also adds to the drama, making the game more intense.  Also contributing to the drama is the performance or lack there of, of Gary Sanchez, who has had the most passed balls in the AL this season and his plate performance has also been lackluster.

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Last night's 2-1 win over the Indians was a big one for the Yankees and for us fans.  We needed it from a confidence stand point.  If we are going to be in it to win it, we have to come together and be more consistent. Stranding base runners and giving up too many runs take wins away from us.  Over the last week or so alone, we have thrown way at least half the games due to lack of offense.  These were games that the YES Network Jack Curry deemed as "very winnable."  I'd have to agree.


In baseball, there is always going to be drama and intensity.  It's comes with the game.  Much like my experience painting last night, the outcome of every game is an open canvas.  So much goes into the delivery of the end product.  We need all hands on deck and we need to build back consistency.  Your product is only as good as your brush strokes.  Clean off the brushes and let's create something we can all be proud of...in this case, it is a trip to the fall classic.

Now that's a canvas I'd love to paint.



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Follow me on Twitter: @suzieprof





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