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Heres an oddity for you...

Toronto is tied with the Yankees and Houston for the fifth thru eighth seeds.

But Toronto and NY have not played yet.

The Jays have ten games left with NY, four with Philly, and three with the Mets.

Thats a gauntlet.
 

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The Blue Jays just dropped a 10 spot on the Yankees in the 6th inning to take a 12-6 lead. Regardless of circumstances with injuries, it's insane to see them collapse like this.

Will be 5-14 over their last 19 games if the current score holds.
 

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The Yankees are an average team.

They are middle of the pack in offense, defense, rotation, and bullpen. A lot of that has to do with injuries, but when you carry a roster full of players with track records of poor health, you had better expect those chickens to come home to roost every year.
 

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The Blue Jays just dropped a 10 spot on the Yankees in the 6th inning to take a 12-6 lead. Regardless of circumstances with injuries, it's insane to see them collapse like this.

Will be 5-14 over their last 19 games if the current score holds.
Lost last night as well. They're now .500 and only a half game up on the Orioles for the final WC spot.

You hate to see it.
 

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We can denigrate this 60 game season, and we will in years to come...

But at the moment its a lot of fun.

If the playoffs began now, Miami and the Giants would be in, along with Toronto.

Baltimore is a half gane out and Detroit is one out.

Colorado is a game and a half out.

We are neck and neck and nose in a three team race coming out of the last turn.
 

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MLB moving forward with a second round and up playoff bubble
 

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MLB moving forward with a second round and up playoff bubble
Huge competitive advantage for Rays and Tribe, every game with no fans at a neutral site makes every game feel like a home game.
 

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With more rumors floating towards baseball expanding in the number of teams, does anyone remember how the expansion draft works?

Personally in a way, I would love to be someone who runs a team so an expansion team would be fun to run. But how do teams get to choose who is on their roster to start the season?

@MadThinker88 or anyone else that may know, I am curious how this could all play out?
 

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With more rumors floating towards baseball expanding in the number of teams, does anyone remember how the expansion draft works?

Personally in a way, I would love to be someone who runs a team so an expansion team would be fun to run. But how do teams get to choose who is on their roster to start the season?

@MadThinker88 or anyone else that may know, I am curious how this could all play out?
Expansion draft setup has varied - no 1 set method each time. That includes amount of advanced notice & starting a developmental/ minor league system for the expansion groups..

That said, basically there is an agreement reached on who could be eligible to be drafted (based on development & service time in baseball in general (counting time in minors only)), a number of players each existing organization can initially "protect", and then how many additional players can be additionally protected after each round of expansion drafting.

IIRC a deeper system - like CLE or Tampa would not lose 2 players before a team w/ weak system (MKE, Boston) loses 1 player..
 
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Expansion draft setup has varied - no 1 set method each time. That includes amount of advanced notice & starting a developmental/ minor league system for the expansion groups..

That said, basically there is an agreement reached on who could be eligible to be drafted (based on development & service time in baseball in general (counting time in minors only)), a number of players each existing organization can initially "protect", and then how many additional players can be additionally protected after each round of expansion drafting.

IIRC a deeper system - like CLE or Tampa would not lose 2 players before a team w/ weak system (MKE, Boston) loses 1 player..
I worry MLB would follow the NHL’s most recent expansion rules that allowed Vegas to instantly become highly competitive through wholesale trades of assets for an agreement to not draft certain players.
 

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Could the Yankees have trade interest in Roberto Perez? NY Post thinks so.

The Yankees have spent the past three seasons insisting what we were seeing — the decay of Gary Sanchez’s game — is not what they were seeing. They talked power and pitch-framing/game-calling and downplayed or dismissed all the non-competitive at-bats and pitches that escaped him.

How much is stealing a strike or two a game and hitting a massive homer once a week worth? Sanchez has become Rob Deer as a catcher. He began the weekend hitting .122 and striking out 41 percent of the time — and this isn’t Aaron Judge working the count on the way to large strikeout totals. This is deer-in-the-headlights, no-shot whiffs.

Every attempt to remake Sanchez on one side of the plate or the other seems to leave him a worse overall player, one with less confidence and less promise that tomorrow will be better.

The window to trade him and receive a strong return is like Joe DiMaggio — part of the Yankees’ past. Sanchez cannot be a free agent until after 2022. But how long do they want to keep going with this soap opera, which does have a draining impact on the whole club?

J.T. Realmuto is a free agent after this season, but I can’t imagine the Yanks adding another huge contract to Gerrit Cole and Giancarlo Stanton. Here is a question for the Yankees: Is their 2021 team better with Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka or, say, James McCann and Roberto Perez?

 
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