Sunday, July 8, 2018


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I am still recovering from yet another Sonny Gray hangover, even after Saturday's 8-5 win over Toronto sending our series into the rubber game later today.  This nonsense with Gray just has to stop.  He needs a sports psychologist or perhaps some meditation strategies or both.  He can't pitch at home, he can't pitch on the road and he can't pitch to Gary Sanchez. Aaron Boone, the guy can't pitch at least in real games and not in a Yankee uniform.

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There is no way he is our best option as Boone stated quite clearly in the post game conference on Friday night. You have a stud like Luis Severino, who was not at his best on Saturday, fight through tough innings and pick up his 14th win of the season and you have Gray, who can't make it out of the second inning pitching on the same team. It's just utterly ridiculous.

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I think the NY Post hit the nail on the head; although my tweets to fans certainly got to this critical concept as well.  "On Friday night, he managed to get all of six outs, surrendering five earned runs on six hits. This is not just about finding a starter for the postseason. This is about sending Gray out there every five days to get hammered and losing valuable ground to the Red Sox. Forget about the playoffs. Gray is costing the Yankees the AL East."

Like the Red Sox or hate them, they just don't drop games like this every five days like we do.  This kind of losing is very taxing on the bull pen and the team at large and it just has to stop.  As the closing comment on the Post stated. "Sonny Gray offers the Yankees nothing but despair."  You got that right and fans a hangover.

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The concern is far beyond the current situation of losing badly every five days, guaranteed.  It is about the post-season and the very narrow window teams have to stay alive past September.  David Hale went just over five innings in relief.  Why can't he just start in Gray's rotation slot?

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As we move to game two post-Sonny today with Domingo German set to take the hill, I am hoping there is a plan in place to replace Gray for at least his next start.  Maybe he can get some sports counseling or do some meditation that will help him be more successful in his ability to not only control the ball but manage his emotions and anxiety.  Whatever the protocol, I hope he gets what he needs so we can all get over this Sonny Gray hangover for good.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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