New York Yankees fan favorite Matt Carpenter doesn’t tweet much. So when he does take to the platform, you know he means business.
Carp took a break on Wednesday from working at the team’s makeshift alternate site/hustling to get ready for the ALDS to slip a quick reply to Marcus Stroman, the Cubs right-hander who’s had it out for the Yankees ever since Brian Cashman claimed he wouldn’t have been a “difference-maker” at the 2019 trade deadline.
Belittle Cashman’s pitcher evaluation skills all you want, but you can’t deny that the man knows what a trade deadline bust looks like when he sees one. Doesn’t stop him from completing the deals, but he’s usually all over ’em.
Regardless, Stroman’s been on the Yankees’ case for years now, siding with Red Sox fans and spreading jokes about their rotation collapsing (even though it’s usually the offense that lets them down in October). It should come as no surprise that, even when he’s impressed with a Yankee — in this case, Aaron Judge — he still thinks the end-of-season awards conversation should go in a different direction.
Again, as we’ve said a million times, nothing wrong with loving Ohtani! It’s just not at all shocking that that’s where Stroman’s chips fall.
Luckily, Carpenter was in his mentions to save the day.
Yankees’ Matt Carpenter shuts down Marcus Stroman’s Shohei Ohtani chase
The emoji choice here was very telling. Not the angry face. Not the questioning face. The nauseated face, and not one, but two. Stroman’s preference of Ohtani didn’t anger Carpenter; it just made him queasy.
Judge’s final two weeks of the season featured a little bit of a departure from his “historic pace,” as he took more walks than anyone could’ve imagined. He might’ve saved himself in the MVP chase, though, when he drilled No. 62 on Tuesday night before getting yanked and rested on the season’s final day.
Wonder what Stroman’s take is on Barry Bonds’ record vs. Judge’s 62. Probably sides with Judge. Oh, yeah. Definitely, absolutely.
Carpenter should get a chance to continue to add to his Yankees legacy this fall, while Stroman has plenty of time to reflect on how he’d vote for the MVP, as he prepares his free agency pitch for Judge to join him in Chicago.
Take it from Anthony Rizzo. Not gonna happen.