New York Yankees: 1 huge winner and 1 loser in win over Orioles

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees faced off against the Baltimore Orioles as a supplement to the Philadelphia Phillies, postponing their season for a few days. As they test for COVID-19 after coming in contact with the Miami Marlins over the weekend, staying safe is a priority. The Yankees elected to travel to Baltimore instead, which offered a much easier match up.

Gerrit Cole took the mound for the Yankees, lasting 6.2 innings, giving up four hits and three runs. He was dominant, at one point putting out 14 batters in a row. He pushed himself a bit too hard, pushing beyond 100 pitches, which hurt him toward the end. He gave up three straight hits and a home run, giving up two additional runs after a strong performance. Factoring that out, he had another stellar outing.

Despite Cole having a memorable day, one other Yankee was absolutely terrific in his third game of the season.

FINAL SCORE: 9-3

Here is one winner and one loser from the New York Yankees’ victory:

WINNER: DJ LeMaheiu

LeMaheiu had a fantastic evening, earning four hits over four at-bats, including two RBIs and a home run. He’s currently hitting .500 on the year with a .833 slugging percentage. After missing Opening Day due to an asymptomatic bout of COVID-19 several weeks ago, he has returned to his usual self. His offensive production is precisely what the Yankees needed to get started in the first inning, and as always, his defense was consistent and adequate. His name is never called when it comes to defensive efficiency, which is oftentimes a good thing (nothing bad to say).

If LeMahieu can replicate his 2019 performance this year, the Yankees are in good shape moving forward. He is one of the most consistent and productive players on the team at any given moment. He is the man you want up in the ninth inning with two outs and a man on base.

New York Yankees Analysis: 5 Take-a-Ways from the Yankees 9-3 win

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

Last night the New York Yankees played a replacement game in Baltimore against the Orioles, with a 9-3 win. Replacement because the game was supposed to be against the Phillies. The Miami Marlins coronavirus outbreak caused Monday nights game to be postponed at Philadelphia, and the Orioles game with the Marlins was likewise postponed.

Tuesday was a day of confusion as teams waited for results of CV-19 tests. MLB shut down the Phillies through Friday and the Marlins at least until Monday. The Marlins now have more than half of the team infected with the virus and additional cases among the crew. This left the Yankees and the Orioles with no teams to play.  MLB made lemonade from lemons and pitted the two idle teams against each other in Baltimore.

The New York Yankees easily handled the lowly Orioles, one of the worst teams in baseball, letting the Yankees have a 3-1 record in the short season.  Every game has it’s twists and turns.  Here is my top five take-a-ways from last night’s game.

1. Gerrit Cole still not with his best stuff

Gerrit Cole ground out another win last night. Just like in the first game, he didn’t seem to be in complete control. He started the game with a walk, which is very unusual for Cole; he likes to start in command.  He ended up giving up a run in the very first inning.  However, with the quality pitcher that Cole is, he settled down and made all the pitches he had too.  He pitched 102 pitches, giving up just that one run, although he was charged with the two runs that came in when he left the game in the seventh inning.

Remembering that this is just his second start of the season, it’s not unusual for a pitcher not to have their best stuff this early in the season. What is unusual this early in the season is to see a pitcher like Cole pitch 102 pitches.  Cole does what he has to, to get the job done. Notable stat: Cole is 17-1 in his last eighteen games.

2. DJ LeMahieu reminds why he was last year’s MVP

Last night was the DJ LeMahieu show.  DJ reminded us that he is the guy that was last year’s New York Yankees MVP.  He started off the night by going long in his first at-bat, creating the Yankees immediate lead. He went 4-5, and all of his balls were hard hit.  Oh, that 4-5 stat, it’s the first time it’s been done since 2016. What is most remarkable about his play last night is that he is still coming back from his coronavirus stint.

3. Aaron Judge, a monster awakens

Aaron Judge would be the first one to tell you that he has gotten off to a slow start in the regular season.  In the three games with the Nationals, he had only 2 hits in twelve at-bats, and none of them were from home runs. Last night the slugger came alive having two hits, one of them a home run that just made the stands.  Judge is too good of a player to remain dormant.

4. 0 for twelve, how long can they go?

Gary Sanchez, after last night’s game, is now zero hits in 12 plate appearances. He also had his eighth strikeout.  Right behind him is Brett Gardner, no hits in 11 at-bats.  With both of these players not performing, the Yankees have still won three of their four games.  The question is, when will these guys check-in and play like the players they are?

5. Brooks Kriske, Brook who?

Backtrack to this time last season; Brooks Kriske was playing A ball with the Tampa Tarpons, the Yankees single-A minor league team. Later in the season, he played a few games for the AA Trenton Thunder. Because he performed so well in summer camp, last night Brook who has never played a single game in triple-A, found himself being called in in the ninth inning to close a major league game.

In putting himself into the baseball encyclopedia, he did not disappoint.  He walked one and struck out two in his scoreless inning for the New York Yankees.   Brooks Kriske will no longer be Brooks who.

New York Giants: 3 free agents Big Blue can sign with $19.5 million in added cap space

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The biggest news on the first day of training camp comes by New York Giants’ left tackle Nate Solder opting out of the 2020 season. This was always a potential possibility, as Solder has been dealing with severe personal issues. His child has fought cancer for several years now, and it has been a major factor in his decrease in efficiency. The Giants hold Solder in high regard, and they completely understood why he decided to make this decision for his family.

What does this mean for the Giants?

Solder opting out of the season allows them to save $19.5 million in salary cap. This gives them the ability to go out and sign a high-profile free agent on a one-year deal. The downside, Solder’s deal will be pushed one year, so his contract will expire in 2022.

This available cap opens up a world of possibilities; let’s take a look at what could happen.

Three free agents the New York Giants could consider:

1.) Logan Ryan

With DeAndre Baker being placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List due to his legal troubles, the Giants don’t have a CB2. They will go into training camp with a bevy of younger options and unproven commodities, which is not reassuring going into 2020. They will rely on Sam Beal, Darnay homes, and potentially Julian Love to pick up the slack. However, they could look to free agency to supplement Baker’s loss.

One option is Logan Ryan, who is reportedly seeking about $10 million to play this upcoming season. In 2019, he posted a career-high 113 combine tackles, 8 quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks, 18 passes defended, and four interceptions. His statistics are incredibly impressive, but he allowed a 66% completion rate against and five touchdowns. He’s the best corner on the market and could fill Baker’s position valiantly for one season.

New York Yankees Recap: 102 pitches, Cole wins it for the Yankees

New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole

In an unusual season, the New York Yankees met with the Baltimore Orioles in at a last-minute replacement game that was supposed to pit the Phillies against the Yankees; they meet instead with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Last season’s MVP DJ LeMahieu leading the Yankees going 4 for 5 and Aaron Judge coming alive.  Those are the headlines in a game the Yankees won 9-3.

Oh, did I say Gerrit Cole showed his stuff going 6.2 innings and 102 pitches, giving up only three runs, again without his best stuff? Meanwhile, across baseball, the Red Sox were winning over the crosstown Mets, and the Astros were doing an exercise in the new rule man on 2nd after nine until Mookie Betts broke it open in the eleventh for Los Angeles, for the Dodger win.

It started out for the New York Yankees with DJ LeMahieu hitting a homer showing that he is still that MVP guy from last season.  In the third inning, Judge hit a massive homer in an inning that netted the Yankees three runs for the 5-1 lead.

The Yankees picked up two runs in the first inning, and the Orioles answered with a run by Dwight Smith Jr. That was the only run the Orioles could get off of Gerrit Cole until he tired after 102 pitches, and he gave up two runs in the seventh.

Along with Judge’s moon shot solo home run in the third, Aaron Hicks hit his first homer of the year a two-run shot that made it Yankees 5 and the O’s 1. The Yankees scored two more runs in the sixth inning, and another two runs in the top of the ninth inning for the 9-3 Yankees win. After Cole left the game in the seventh inning Luis Avilan, Chad Green, and in his debut Brooks Kriske combined for 2.1 scoreless innings.

Notable Stats in the game include LeMahieu going 4-5, Judge: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, HBP, Stanton: 1-3, RBI, BB, Hicks: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB. Gerrit Cole pitched 6.2 innings allowing only four hits with three earned runs, three base on balls, and seven strikeouts in the game for his second straight win of the season.

Notable also is that both Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner continued their hitless season both going 4-0 in the game, two bats that are yet to come alive. The Yankees are now 3-1 on the short 60 game season.  That is the equivalent  9-3 on a regular-season as each game this year is worth almost three games per win.

The Yankees will again face the Baltimore Orioles when J. A. Happ takes the mound for the Yankees against lefty John Means in his first game of the season.  It will be lefty against a lefty in the last game between the Orioles and the Yankees.  After this series, the Yankees will move on for an Opening Day at Yankees Stadium on Friday with the Boston Red Sox in a weekend series.  They will see Jordan Montgomery taking the mound for the Yankees.