The New York Yankees beat the Cleaveland Guardians in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. After Friday night’s game was postponed due to inclement weather, the Bombers geared up for a lengthy Saturday in the heat.
Luckily, their bats were well and alive, courtesy of DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Aaron Hicks, and Matt Carpenter. The four combined for 10 hits and 10 RBIs. They led the way for a Yankee team that fell to the Houston Astros on Thursday in a pitstop game to start their road trip.
However, after the win, manager Aaron Boone stated that relief pitcher Ron Marinaccio was dealing with “dead arm.”
Essentially, “dead arm” is a result of fatigue, so the Yankees have to monitor Marinaccio’s usage closely over the next few weeks.
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How great has Ron been for the Yankees the past few weeks?
Marinaccio has been phenomenal for the Yankees recently, allowing just one hit in the month of June. He didn’t give up a single run, striking out 12 batters over 177 pitches and 11 innings.
On the season, Marinaccio hosts a 2.45 ERA over 18.1 innings, including 11.29 strikeouts per nine and a 77.3% left on base rate. While he’d like to get his walks per nine down at 4.91, he has become one of the Yankees’ more reliable relief pitchers.
Losing Marinaccio for the next few days, which is likely, given his fatigue, will certainly be felt. Ron features a three-pitch sequence, including a 4-seam fastball, changeup, and slider. He’s throwing his fastball at 41.5%, with batters hitting just .136 against it.
Marinaccio made an appearance against Cleveland in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday. He came in to relieve Aroldis Chapman, who gave up two earned runs and walked three consecutive batters in his first action following an Achilles injury. Boone broke the news of his fatigue after the win.