This Yankees lineup is so much more than just Oriole killers

The Orioles pitching staff extends batting practice into games. They provide a Fantasy Island-like ambience to opposing lineups — dreams come true.

Gleyber Torres has enjoyed the hospitality most, with 13 homers in his first 16 games against the Orioles — or as many as Jackie Bradley Jr., Marwin Gonzalez and Adam Jones have all season.

Facing these Orioles warps reality and distorts statistics. The Yankees enter Tuesday collectively hitting .301 with a 1.031 OPS, averaging 8.06 runs for the first 17 games against Baltimore this season. The Yankees are 15-2 in those games, and if Yankee fans are looking for an uplifting comparison, this is akin to what the Red Sox did against the Orioles last year en route to a title.

Boston hit .295 with a .920 OPS, averaging 6.68 runs per game in amassing a 16-3 record against Baltimore in 2018. The Yanks went a very good 12-7 against those Orioles. But this was partially how the Red Sox created a gap to win the AL East despite the Yankees’ 100-victory season.

But for the Yankees, the reason to feel good about their offense is not tied up in bludgeoning one of the worst pitching staffs in history. It’s that this lineup has produced even after subtracting the Orioles.

The Yankees are averaging an MLB-best 5.96 runs per game. Remove Baltimore and the Yankees are at 5.61, which would still be third in the majors (thanks to Lee Sinins of MLB Network research).

The Yankees were averaging an outrageous 3.47 homers per game against the Orioles. It was 1.53 vs. all others, not far off the 1.65 last year when they set the major league homer record.

The latest report card for this batting order follows the Orioles, when the Yankees take a U-turn away from Fantasy Island. The next three series — 10 games — are against the Indians, A’s and Dodgers. Los Angeles led the majors in ERA by better than two-tenths of a run, the Indians were third and the A’s sixth. The Dodgers ranked second in surrendering the fewest homers per nine innings, the A’s were third and the Indians sixth.

The Indians, who are in the Bronx for four games over the weekend, had the best second-half ERA (2.89) in the majors. The Yanks’ nine-game West Coast trip has three at Dodger Stadium in the middle, where L.A. starters’ ERA was 2.54 — eight-tenths of a run better than any other rotation.

This will offer the Yankees a touch of October in August, another chance to gauge if their offense will handle a playoff season that distinctly will not include the Orioles. So far the Yankees lineup has handled all comers well. They had a streak of not being shut out of 202 games that stretches back to last season.

But for the Yankees, their distribution has been better this year than it was last season. Remember that if you score two runs and 10 runs, the average is six runs, but you are probably a .500 team because you lose most times you score two. In 2018, even while racking up those 100 wins, the Yanks were held to three runs or fewer 28.4 percent of the time. It was 23.3 percent this year.

Part of that reflects that run scoring is up this year overall. But the Yankees have just made themselves a tougher offense to hold down inning after inning for two reasons: 1) there are just no soft spots and 2) they have added batting average while not losing power.

The Yankees had 14 players with more than 160 plate appearances (no one else had more than 79). Of those 14, a dozen had an OPS-plus of 103 or better. Remarkably none were Miguel Andujar or Giancarlo Stanton, who tied for second in Yankee OPS-plus last year at 131 (minimum 160 plate appearances).

Among players with 325 plate appearances, two new Yankee additions, DJ LeMahieu (.338) and Gio Urshela (.332), ranked 1-2 in the AL in average (Urshela was 21 plate appearances shy of qualifying). The Yankee collective average was .271 this year compared to .249 in 2018 (.266 this year vs. the non-Orioles). The additional batting average has provided different ways to score without homers and to get on base in front of the homers.

Essentially the Yankees have had a long lineup with a greater variety of ways to generate runs. That has enabled them to live well on Fantasy Island. But the Orioles disappear from the 2019 schedule for good after Wednesday. And we will see if this offense can maintain the fantasy.

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Tribeca TV Festival lineup includes Friends anniversary

This is a big year for TV, and that’s reflected in the just-announced lineup for this fall’s Tribeca TV Festival. There will be premieres for new shows like Godfather of Harlem, Katy Keene, and Evil, among others. But there will also be some looking back, since 2019 also marks the 25th anniversary of Friends.

Friends was not only one of the most successful TV shows of its day; it’s had a wide-ranging impact on the TV medium ever since, and thanks to Netflix it’s still one of the most-watched shows among young people (though it remains to be seen how that might change once HBO Max reclaims Friends from Netflix). To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Tribeca TV Festival will be hosting a discussion with executive producers David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Kevin Bright on Friday, Sept. 13.

Check out the full lineup for the 2019 Tribeca TV Festival below.


Bless This Mess (ABC) – Season 2 World Premiere
Executive Producers: Lake Bell, Liz Meriwether and Dax Shepard

After making the move from big city New York to rural Nebraska, newlyweds Rio (Lake Bell) and Mike (Dax Shepard) are getting accustomed to their new life as farmers. From neighborly feuds to a house full of chickens, Rio and Mike’s marriage and sanity are put to the test as they try to make the most out of their new life on the farm. Co-created by Liz Meriwether (New Girl), get an advance look at the hilarious Season 2 premiere, directed by co-star and co-creator Lake Bell.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with co-creator and star Lake Bell, and co-stars Dax Shepard and Pam Grier.
  • Event Details: Saturday, September 14th at 8:00pm

Evil (CBS) – New Series Premiere
Executive Producers: Robert and Michelle King

The highly anticipated new series from Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife, The Good Fight), Evil finds a skeptical female clinical psychologist as she joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate supposed miracles, demonic possession, and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producers Robert and Michelle King and cast members Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, and Michael Emerson
  • Event Details: Saturday, September 14th at 6:00 pm

First Wives Club (BET+) – Special Screening
Executive Producer: Tracy Oliver

From Tracy Oliver, the co-writer of Girls Trip, comes a modern television remake of the classic 1996 revenge comedy First Wives Club. After neglecting their friendship, best friends Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe), Hazel (Jill Scott) and Bree (Michelle Buteau) reunite to help each other through rough patches in their lives. Together, they navigate music superstar Hazel’s tabloid-ridden divorce, campaign manager Ari’s unsatisfying marriage to her political candidate husband, and orthopedic surgeon Bree’s cheating husband. Tired of always being the ones to make sacrifices in their lives, Ari, Hazel and Bree vow to prioritize their friendship and, along the way, the women learn that as long as they have each other, there’s nothing they can’t do.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with creator and executive producer Tracy Oliver and star Michelle Buteau
  • Event Details: Thursday, September 12th at 9:00pm

Godfather of Harlem (EPIX) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein

Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) returns from Alcatraz after an eleven year absence to reunite with his family and reclaim his Harlem territory from Italian mob boss Vincent “Chin” Gigante (Vincent D’Onofrio). He finds an unlikely ally in his old friend Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch). From the creators of Narcos and starring Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker, don’t miss this early look at your new historical crime obsession.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producers Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein, star Ilfenesh Hadera and star and executive producer Forest Whitaker
  • Event Details: Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 pm

Goliath (Amazon Prime Video) – Season 3 World Premiere
Executive Producers: Lawrence Trilling, Geyer Kosinski, Jennifer Ames, and Steve Turner

In the third season of Goliath, the unexpected death of an old friend leads Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton) to take a case in the drought-stricken Central Valley where he comes face-to-face with a new Goliath: a billionaire rancher (Dennis Quaid) and his sister (Amy Brenneman). As Billy and his team pursue the truth, old enemies and personal demons resurface, forcing him to confront his own mortality.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producer Lawrence Trilling,
    stars Billy Bob Thornton, Nina Arianda, Tania Raymonde, Amy Brenneman and Dennis Quaid
  • Event Details: Friday, September 13th at 7:00pm

Hip Hop: The Songs that Shook America (AMC) – New Series Premiere
Executive Producers: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, and Alex Gibney

From Executive Producers Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Alex Gibney, and directors Erik Parker and One9, this documentary series focuses on six groundbreaking songs pivotal to the evolution of American music and culture. The premiere of episode 2, featuring Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, brings artists, collaborators, and other influential musical and cultural figures together as they deconstruct and examine the impact the song had on them personally, while dissecting the socio- economic and cultural conditions that inspired the landmark work and gave voice to a generation. In addition to Thompson, Trotter and Gibney, this project is also executive produced by Shawn Gee, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, and Shea Serrano. Angie Day, Erik Parker and One9 also serve as co-executive producers.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with directors and co-executive producers One9 and Erik Parker, executive producers Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, and co-executive producer Angie Day.
  • Event Details: Friday, September 13th at 8:15pm

Katy Keene (The CW) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Michael Grassi, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater

A spinoff of the hit series Riverdale, Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City…together. As these aspiring artists take on the runway, the recording studio, Broadway, and the NYC social scene, they will find more than just a career in the big city — they’ll find long-lasting friendship. Starring Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Katherine LaNasa, Julia Chan, Jonny Beauchamp, Lucien Laviscount, Zane Holtz and Camille Hyde.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producer Michael Grassi, and cast members Lucy Hale, Julia Chan, Jonny Beauchamp, Katherine LaNasa, Zane Holtz, Camille Hyde, Ashleigh Murray, and Lucien Laviscount.
  • Event Details: Saturday, September 14th at 3:00pm

Leavenworth (STARZ) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Paul Pawlowski, David Check, and Steven Soderbergh

From executive producers Paul Pawlowski, David Check, and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, comes a controversial true-crime story playing out in the military justice system. Clint Lorance is serving a 19-year sentence for murder at The United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth. While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging his platoon. As determinations on Lorance’s fate unfold, questions probe the merits of his conviction, analyze the system at large and ultimately test the balance of guilt and innocence in the circumstances of today’s wars.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producers Steven Soderbergh and Paul Pawlowski, Platoon Soldier Mike McGuiness, New York Times National Correspondent David Philipps, and Lorance’s lawyer John Maher.
  • Event Details: Sunday, September 15th at 5:00pm

Looking for Alaska (HULU) – New Series World Premiere
Executive Producers: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage

Adapted from the first novel by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), Looking for Alaska is an 8-episode limited series that centers around teenager Miles “Pudge” Halter (Charlie Plummer), as he enrolls in boarding school to try to gain a deeper perspective on life. He falls in love with Alaska Young (Kristine Froseth), and finds a group of loyal friends. But after an unexpected tragedy, Miles and his close friends attempt to make sense of what they’ve been through.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with acclaimed author and executive producer John Green, executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and stars Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love and Jay Lee.
  • Event Details: Sunday, September 15th at 2:30pm

Party of Five (FREEFORM) – New Series Sneak Preview in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month
Executive Producers: Amy Lippman, Christopher Keyser and Rodrigo Garcia

In this reimagining of the classic ‘90s series, Party of Five follows the five Acosta children — Emilio, Lucia, Beto, Valentina and baby Rafael — as they navigate the daily life struggles to survive as a family after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico. Mixing family drama with incredibly relevant current events, Party of Five, from original series creators, Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser along with executive producer Rodrigo Garcia and co-executive producer Michal Zebede, is a contemporary update for a whole new generation.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producer and writer Amy Lippman, co executive producer and writer Michal Zebede, and cast members Brandon Larracuente, Niko Guardado, Emily Tosta, and Elle Paris Legaspi
  • Event Details: Saturday, September 14th at 5:30pm

Room 104 (HBO) – Season 3 World Premiere
Executive Producers: Mark and Jay Duplass

Created by Mark and Jay Duplass (HBO’s Animals and Togetherness), the late-night half-hour anthology series Room 104 returns with 12 new episodes, telling unique and unexpected tales of the characters who pass through an unassuming room of a typical American chain motel. While the room stays the same, every episode of the series features a different story, with the tone, plot, characters, and even the time period, changing with each installment. Filled with plenty of twists and surprises, Season 3 offers a new discovery from one episode to the next, telling tales of everyday people striving for connection and meaning inside a single room.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producers Mark Duplass and Sydney Fleischmann
  • Event Details: Thursday, September 12th at 8:00pm


Transparent (Amazon Prime Video) – Series Musicale Finale
Executive Producers: Jill Soloway, Faith Soloway, Andrea Sperling, Joe Lewis
The Transparent “Musicale Finale” takes the beloved Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-winning series to new heights as a dazzling movie fantasia inspired by classic musicals that shaped our culture. When the Pfeffermans face a life-changing loss, they begin a journey hilarious and melancholy, brazen and bold. As they take on this new transition and confront their grief—with all of their extended family members by their side—they come together to celebrate connection, joy, and transformation.

  • After the Screening: a conversation with executive producers Jill Soloway and Faith Soloway, and additional cast
  • Event Details: Sunday, September 15th at 6:00pm

25th Anniversary Celebration of Friends: A Conversation with the Series Executive Producers: David Crane, Marta Kauffman and Kevin Bright
On September 22, 1994, Friends debuted to more than 20 million viewers, and a close-knit group of 20- somethings nestled inside a New York City coffee shop entered the television airwaves. Produced by Warner Bros. Television for 10 acclaimed seasons, Friends upended the cultural landscape and created an indelible impact on American society through its iconic characters. But what resonated then — and continues today with a whole new generation of viewers — is the infectious chemistry and connection between Ross, Rachel, Joey, Monica, Chandler and Phoebe, and their honest depiction of friendship. To celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary, Tribeca TV is presenting Friends for the very first time in 4K digital restoration with two curated episodes — The One with the Embryos and The One Where Everybody Finds Out — hand-selected by the show’s creators and executive producers. This will kick off what will be a nationwide celebration of the series, with a theatrical release of producer-curated episodes throughout the United States. Following the Tribeca screenings, Friends executive producers, David Crane, Marta Kauffman, and Kevin Bright will come together to reflect on the series’ immeasurable legacy and pay tribute to the Friends who will always be there for us.

  • Event Details: Friday, September 13th at 6:00pm

Tribeca Talks: A Conversation with Hasan Minhaj

Acclaimed comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host Hasan Minhaj will be in conversation to discuss his burgeoning career as one of the most incisive and poignant voices in television. Hasan rose to prominence in 2014 when he joined The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a correspondent, where he was Stewart’s last hire, and continued on in that role after Trevor Noah took over as host the following year. Minhaj was the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner where his whip-smart commentary and political savvy garnered widespread attention. Minhaj went on to earn rave reviews and a 2018 Peabody Award for his one-hour Netflix comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King. Currently, Minhaj is the host and creator of the weekly Peabody Award-winning comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity through his unique comedic voice. In 2019, Minhaj was listed among TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world. Tribeca is proud to host the accomplished, sharp-witted Hasan Minhaj as he illuminates his creative process and journey from stand-up comedy to television and beyond.

  • Event Details: Sunday, September 15th at 4:00pm 

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D23 Expo 2019 Lineup Announced!

Disney fans, take note!

The House of Mouse has announced the lineup for its annual D23 Expo, which will be held from August 23-25 in Anaheim, California.

The D23 Expo is a huge event for Disney fans, because it’s where the company makes announcements about all things Disney, from new movies on the horizon to changes coming to the company’s iconic theme parks.

Highlights of the 2019 D23 Expo include the Disney Legends Awards Ceremony, presentations on the Disney+ streaming service, and upcoming projects from Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars.

Check out Disney’s full description of the 2019 D23 Expo lineup below:

Friday, August 23:
The Disney Legends Awards Ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 23. The ceremony, hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, will once again honor those visionaries and artists who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy. This year’s recipients are: Wing Chao, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Favreau, James Earl Jones, Bette Midler, Kenny Ortega, Barnette Ricci, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Ming-Na Wen and Hans Zimmer.

On Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., the highly anticipated streaming service Disney+ will give guests a first look at some of its original content, including Lady and the Tramp, The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and many more during this star-studded presentation.

Saturday, August 24:

The Walt Disney Studios will present a behind-the-scenes look at its blockbuster collection of upcoming films on Saturday, August 24, at 10 a.m. Fans will see what’s on the drawing board for the acclaimed filmmakers at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios and get a peek at the exciting slate of live-action projects, from Disney to Marvel Studios to Star Wars. As always, attendees will be treated to exclusive footage, special guest appearances, and more!

Sunday, August 24:

On Sunday, August 25, at 10:30 a.m., step into the magical world of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products with Chairman Bob Chapek to find out what’s new and what’s next for resorts around the globe, including more about the transformational plans for Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available for $89 for one-day adult admission and $69 for children 3–9. Single-day Saturday tickets and three-day passes are both sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2019, visit

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