Yankees: Good news and bad news in loss to Baltimore

New York Yankees, Jordan Montgomery

The New York Yankees fell to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, barely escaping a three-game sweep. This is the second series in a row the Yankees have failed to finish off the sweep, as their pitching faltered after showing consistency the past few games.

Offensively, the Yankees secured six runs, thanks to a few homers courtesy of Gary Sanchez, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Judge. However, starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery struggled significantly at the beginning of the game, allowing six hits and five earned runs over just 3.0 innings. His relief didn’t fare much better, giving up five hits and five runs over the next five innings.

While this is undoubtedly a disappointing performance for the Bombers, who hammered Baltimore’s starter for four runs in the first inning, they will look to bounce back against the Texas Rangers on Monday evening.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

The Yankees are still dealing with several injuries but expect to gain one of their star relief options back in the near future.

Yankees are getting closer to the return of Zack Britton in the bullpen:

Pitching coach Matt Blake stated:

”He’s on a really good path. He’s thrown some really good bullpens up to this point. The reports on his throwing program and how he responds to them have been solid, so I would think he’s tracking right towards the end of May as that 60-day (IL stint) runs up for him. We feel really good about what he’s doing and it’s exciting to think that he can add to this bullpen we’ve got going right now.”

Of course, starting centerfielder, Aaron Hicks tore a sheath in his right wrist, which could keep them out for quite some time. Darren O’Day has a right rotator cuff strain and will likely be out for a few weeks. Rougned Odor has a left knee sprain and is working his way back quickly, and will likely be activated from the IL this week.
As for the contest ahead, the Yankees plan to start Gerrit Cole, who currently has a 1.37 ERA and 0.68 WHIP. Jordan Lyles, Texas’ starter, has a 6.63 ERA and has given up nine homers in just four games. The Yankees have an advantageous matchup on their hands, meaning their sluggers should show up to play.