New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from the Yankees shutout of the Tigers

William Parlee
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Apr 6, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees started on the right foot in their first game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium last night. The pitching, both starting, and the bullpen were excellent, the game was clean with no errors, and the Yankee hitters showed what they cant do when they come alive. The Yankees shut out the Tigers 10-0.

Yankee hitting came alive big time

The New York Yankees in the game last night hit balls that they haven’t been hitting. All of the Yankee lineup took part in the game, some more than others. The hitting star of the game was Aaron Judge with two home runs, one a Grand Slam, the second of his career. Clint Frazier hit his second home run of the season. Aaron Hicks hit his fourth of the season, and Rougie Odor hit his fourth. But the home runs weren’t all of it. Giancarlo Stanton hitting from the number 2 slot ha 3 hits; that’s three nights in a row. Gio Urshela also had an RBI.

Cole brilliant in his sixth start

Gerrit Cole was pulled from the game after only six innings and 87 pitches, 61 of them strikes. In those six innings, he had 12 strikeouts while allowing 4 hits and again no walks. He left the game with the Yankees ahead by 10 runs. He pitched brilliantly in the win.

The Yankee bullpen came in to replace Cole in the seventh. Luis Cessa had a successful inning striking out two. The New Yankee pitcher Wandy Peralta had a one-two-three inning in the eighth. Lucas Luetge came in in the ninth to close out the game for the Yankees and struck out the side. All in all, the Yankee pitching struck out 18 Tigers.

Rougie Odor still a catalyst

Rougie Odor, ever since he joined the Yankees, has been a catalyst for the team. In just a few games, he has made five game-tying or go-ahead hits, and that the most since Hideki Matsui in 2009. He doesn’t have a good batting average, but he turns out to be one of the best situational hitters on the team. He again proved that tonight hitting his fourth home run. He has 11 RBI’s in just 16 games.

Aaron Judge hits two homers in the game

Slugger Aaron Judge now leads the team in home runs at 7. He hit two tonight, one of them his only second Grand Slam since his 2017 season. That’s a home run in every 3.1 games. When Judge and Stanton click, the New York Yankees win games. When the Yankees hit home runs, they win games.