New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from the Yankee win over the Phillies

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton
Mar 12, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) breaks his bat while he swings during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees made it 10-4-1 with a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field yesterday. Domingo German dominated the Phillies hitters in another great pitching performance. It was a game that surely encouraged the Yankee brass and has given him, the leg up, the edge in the race to obtain that fifth starter place in the Yankee rotation.

Domingo German:

Domingo German has now pitched in three games for a pitching total of nine innings, the most of any New York Yankee pitcher. He also has the best ERA of any Yankee at .0.00 over nine innings. Yesterday he had his longest outing while building up for the regular season. He allowed no runs in the game while giving up 4 hits and one walk. He struck out 6 Phillies, making it 13 strikeouts in 9 innings this spring.

During the game manager, Aaron Boone was interviewed about German. Boone said he is on track and pitching as well as ever. Also, during the game, German was interviewed by the press after his four innings. He told them that he feels more locked in and is throwing better than he did in 2019. In 2019 German was 18-4 with an ERA of 4.04 across 24 starts. German certainly looks like the real deal so far this spring.

Giancarlo Stanton is healthy and looking good

Giancarlo Stanton is a great player when healthy; he proved that in 2017 when he was the NL MVP. He also got 35 home runs for the New York Yankees in 2018. But the injury bug has been bestowed upon him during the last two seasons that has dramatically affected his performance. Last season due to two injuries, he only played in 18 games. But after his last stint on the IL, he returned fully healthy and performed well at the end of the season. In the postseason, he got six home runs in just five games.

This season he seems to be starting off where he left off last season. He is healthy, and he is performing well. He has a homer and five hits in 17 plate appearances, two of them hard-hit doubles. Yesterday he had two singles and was responsible for the Yankee win with his two RBI’s and three runs scored.

Good pitching always wins games.

The name of the game yesterday was pitching, and good pitching it was. Domingo German started with four successful innings that produced no runs for the Phillies. Following German was Michael King; although he was not perfect, he allowed only a run in three innings of work.

Following King was Luis Garcia, who pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth inning. In the ninth and the close-out inning, Nestor Cortes Jr. showed off again in spring training. He did allow a run but also only allowed two hits while striking out two Phillies. He got the save for the Yankees. In five innings of work in the spring, Cortes has struck out 8 opponents. Good pitching will always overtake good hitting.