New York Yankees: 4 major takeaways from Yankees 6-3 win over the Indians

Apr 10, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German (55) looks down at the end of the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays wat Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

German shakes the rust off

The New York Yankees nurtured Domingo German after not pitching for over a year. He played great in spring training but failed in his first two starts of the new season. The Yankees sent him down to Scranton to figure it out. Yes, he had a bad first inning last night but then pitched five scoreless innings, keeping the Yankees in the game. Other than that first inning, German impressed the Yankee management.

In addition to German’s good start, the New York Yankee bullpen was again great, not allowing another run in the game. Aroldis Chapman on the season has now pitched a record with 16 straight innings with 2 strikeouts or more per inning.

Torres learned his lesson

Gleyber Torres is an amazing Yankee player that hasn’t put his all into the last two seasons. After not running hard in the loss to the Braves, he was called into the manager’s office. Manager Aaron Boone expressed to him that he has to do better.  The result was that Torres played the game last night with new aggressiveness and energy, getting three hits in five at-bats. Last night Torres had his first two-hit game of the season.

Odor again rescues the Yankees

Rougned Odor was again a Yankee hero breaking the game tie wide open with this two-run single. Although his batting average is not all that good Odor has been keen on being a great situational hitter. The Yankees have won only seven of 18 games, and that is partially due to Odor, he provided the deciding run in two of those wins.

What’s new with Yankee hitting?

The New York Yankee hitting wasn’t wonderful in last night’s game, but it was a big improvement over the last few games. The Yankees behind Domingo German seemed to have more energy in the game and showed it with several hitters hitting better than they have recently.

The Yankees had more hits in this game than the last two series with 8 hits. But the Yankees had several walks and still left 8 on base, going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position. That means if they had more situational hitting, they could have driven in more runs, but in a 162 game season, it was a good start.

Kyle Higashioka is becoming the Yankee premium catcher.

At the beginning of the season, the manager made it known that Gerrit Cole would not have a personal catcher in Kyle Higashioka, much to fans’ surprise. Since then, he has done nothing but impress. Aaron Judge has more home runs on the season, but actually, the best Yankee home run hitter is Kyle Higashiona, who has three home runs in just five games.

Tomorrow’s game will be a battle of the aces. Gerrit Cole will face Shane Bieber. The two are probably the best two pitchers in the American League. The can’t miss game will be at 7:10 pm.