New York Yankees: Injury updates on all 18 Yankee players

Although not as bad as in 2019, the New York Yankees have certainly had their share of injuries this season. Those injuries were further exacerbated by six Yankees going on the Covid list. But it’s time for Yankees fans to sit back and relax; relief is on the way. Here are up-to-date injury updates on all the Yankee players.

Luis Severino (elbow)

One of the most important injuries the Yankee fans have been watching for is the return of Luis Severino from his Tommy John surgery. Severino was 33-14 between 2017 and 2018 before the surgery in 2019. The good news is that his return will be coming sooner than later. Aaron Boone reported that Sevi pitched a simulated two innings with 38 pitches yesterday at Fenway Park.  Next week he may start a rehab game in Somerset.  Projected return late August.

Corey Kluber (shoulder)

Another starter being closely watched is Corey Kluber. Kluber finally found his form with a no-hitter complete game on May 19th before leaving his May 25th game with shoulder tightness. Kluber never stopped throwing. Brian Hock of MLB.com reports that Kluber threw 20 pitches off the mound at Fenway on Friday as he draws closer to an early September return.

Michael King (finger)

Starter/reliever Michael King who was the primary fill-in for Corey Kluber, injured his finger when he jammed it between weights in the weight room. He hasn’t pitched since July 3rd against the Mets. Aaron Boone says his return is still a bit away. CBS Sports reports that he may start to throw this week. Nevertheless, he will need time to ramp back up. Projected return mid to late August.

Clarke Schmidt (elbow)

Clarke Schmidt has been out all of the season with an elbow injury. He hasn’t pitched since September 27, 2020. He suffered a flexor tendon strain. Although a common injury rehab can be long, and it has been. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Schmidt would take part in a rehab game next Wednesday. Schmidt could return to the big team before the end of the season.

T.J.Sikkema (lat injury)

Sikkema is a minor league starting pitcher that has not pitched this season due to a lat injury suffered in spring training. Little information is available on his progress, But if and when he returns, it will probably be for the Renegades. He is presently on the 60 day.

Darren O’Day (hamstring)

The sidearm reliever Darren O’Day was put on the 60 day IL a week ago on Friday. After a setback, O’Day is likely out for the season. After missing the start of the season with a shoulder issue, it now appears that he will only have 10 appearances for the Yankees this season.

Wandy Peralta (Covid)

Wandy Peralta was one of the first Yankees to go on the Covid list. He could be back in the bullpen next week.

Luke Voit (knee)

First baseman Luke Voit has been the bad luck kid this season. Voit missed the start of the season. He returned to the team on May 15, but after 10 days, he was back on the IL. He returned on June 22nd. But his last game would be on July 11th after suffering a bruised knee that impeded his running. Aaron Boone has reported that he is doing significantly better and may return to the team during the first week of August.

Aaron Hicks (wrist)

Centerfielder Aaron Hicks underwent wrist surgery and likely will not return this season.

Clint Frazier (vision)

Frazier has had a strange vision problem that was first described as dizziness. As a result, he hasn’t played at all during July. He has visited an eye specialist, but a clear diagnosis has been elusive. As a result, he is not taking part in any baseball activities. He has not been cleared to start playing again, per Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger. Return unknown.

Miguel Andujar (wrist)

Outfielder Miguel Andujar injured his wrist. The last game he played in was on July 6th. However, a recent setback in his rehab will cause him to be out longer than expected. Brian Hock of MLB.com reports that he will get another cortisone shot. With rehab still in progress, there is no projected return.

Gio Ushela (Covid)

Gio Ushela is back with the club in Boston. He is scheduled to be activated today and may be in today’s lineup after returning from the Covid list.

Aaron Judge (Covid)

Aaron Judge is another Yankee player that was put on the Covid list. However, Aaron Boone said on Thursday that Aaron Judge could rejoin the team this weekend and could be cleared to play early next week in the Rays series.

Kyle Higasioka (Covid)

Backup catcher Kyel Higasioka has been on the Covid list. Gary Sanchez came down with back spasms leaving only Rob Brantly, only Yankees catcher. If he were injured yesterday, that would make Roughie Odor the only real option. Luckily “Higgy” is expected to be back with the team for the Tampa Bay Rays series.

Gary Sanchez (back)

Gary Sanchez left the first game of the Boston Red Sox series with back spasms. With Higashioka on the Covid list, it left Rob Brantly as the only Yankee catcher. He is listed as day-to-day. So fans will have to wait for today’s lineup to see if he returns to the backstop.

Tim Locastro (Knee)

Tim Locastro was brought up because of a shortage of outfielders. Unfortunately, he injured his knee. The Associated Press has reported that he will undergo knee surgery next week, likely ending his season.

Trey Amburgey (Hamstring)

Amburgey was another player brought up to shore up the outfield. Unfortunately, he pulled a hamstring in his second game last Tuesday. He is on the ten-day; however, they could heal quickly with hamstring injuries or keep a player out for an extended time.

Chris Gittens (ankle)

First baseman Chris Gittens was taken out of the game yesterday when he collapsed running to first base. He is listed as day-to-day and will undergo an MRI today to see how serious the injury is.

Reliever/Stater Nestor Cortes Jr. and Jonathan Loaisiga have already returned from the Covid list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Weekend preview and all you need to know about your Yankees

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With a pivotal weekend matchup with the Boston Red Sox, here are some New York Yankees previews and notes to keep Yankee fans informed.

Yankees announce weekend pitchers

Yankee ace Gerrit Cole will face Nathan Eovaldi in Saturday evening’s game broadcast on the Fox Network. Cole is 9-4 with an ERA of 2.68 and an amazing 147 strikeouts. He is coming off a complete-game win against the Astros. Eovaldi is 9-5  with an ERA of 3.66. He has won both of his starts against the Yankees this season.

Sunday evening’s game broadcast on ESPN will feature Jamison Taillon against the Red Sox Michael Perez. Taillon is 4-4 with a 4.90 ERA and is the Yankees’ most undependable starter. Perez 7-5 with a .4.04 ERA.  Perez is coming off an 11-2 loss against the Phillies, giving up 3 runs in 3.2 innings of work.

Yankees lose six players to the Covid virus

The New York Yankees and the entire sports world got a harsh reminder that the coronavirus is not behind up. This week, the Yankees had to put six players on the covid list showing that they are not fully protected even though they may have been vaccinated. Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela, Nestor Cortes Jr., Jonathan Loaisiga, Wandy Peralta, and catcher Kyle Higashioka all went on the 10 day Covid list. The loss of these players makes a challenging turnaround for the Yankees even more challenging.

Montgomery gets no run support

Jordan Montgomery is a poor boy when it comes to getting run support in this starts. Montgomery lost another game last night, getting zero run support. Montgomery is now tied with 6 other Yankees throughout history for going the most games without any run support.

Domingo German scoreless in relief

After a few rocky starts, Domingo German was scheduled to start Thursday night’s game that ended up being postponed when several Yankees test positive for the coronavirus. Manager Boone decided on Jordan Montgomery to start last night’s game, but German got a chance to pitch. He came in in the 7th inning in relief of Montgomery. He pitched a scoreless inning giving up on hit and no walk, an encouraging sign for manager Boone.

Minor Leaguers make Major League debuts

The New York Yankees’ lack of players caused by the coronavirus allowed Yankee minor leaguers to make their Major League debuts. Outfield Trey Amburgey was called up to replace Aaron Judge in right field, where he played flawlessly but struck out in his first two at-bats. Hoy Jun Park also made his debut pinch-hitting. The Yankees also called up Chris Gittens to replace Luke Voit at first.

Michael King hopeful for return

Starter reliever Micheal King injured his middle finger while working with weights on July 5th and has been away from the team. He said he is feeling better now, throwing and catching. He is hoping to be reactive as early as this weekend, for the Yankees, that will be not too soon as they have lost three relievers to the coronavirus.

Luke Voit is back on the IL

Luke Voit, who has proven he can play through almost anything, must be crushed as he has gone o the IL for the third time this season, this time with a badly bruised knee impeding his running. Voit last season was the baseball’s home run leader, but this year hasn’t played long enough stretches to get his stroke and power back.

The next 11 days will be crucial

The New York Yankees are 9 games back in the AL East behind the Red Sox, Tampa Bay, and the Toronto Blue Jays. They are 5 games out of a second wild card slot. The Yankees must play well in the next 11 days if they have any chance of turning their season around. Unfortunately, they play mostly against teams that they have not been victorious over. They have six games against the Red Sox, three games against the Tampa Bay Rays, with two against the Phillies sandwiched in. So far, they have lost all seven games they have played against the Sox. With so many regular players on the Covid list, a challenging turnaround becomes even more difficult.

Aroldis Chapman still hasn’t got it figured out

The New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and his new splitter went 18 games at the beginning of the season without allowing a run. Since then, his 0.00 ERA has risen to 4.55. Regardless of his splitter, his missile fastball is his put-away pitch, and he has lost control over it. In his last four games, he has given up 9 runs, allowing walks and home runs. In his last two games, his ERA is 13.50. He has pitched so badly that manager Aaron Boone has been afraid to use him, sitting him for ten games.

Last night in a no-pressure situation, Boone decided to send him out in the ninth with the Yankees behind by four runs. Chapman got out of the inning without giving up a run but obviously struggled. He walked one while taking 23 pitches to get out of the inning. Unfortunately, he did not gain any more trust from Aaron Boone. Boone also has fewer options with Nestor Cortes Jr., Wandy Peralta, and his best reliever Jonathan Loaisiga on the Covid list.

Stay with EmpireSportsMedia.com for all the latest Yankees news and updates. ESM’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow him on Twitter @parleewilliam.

New York Yankees News: Red Sox Yankee game postponed due to Covid protocols

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The New York Yankees Red Sox game has been postponed due to several Yankees players going on the Covid list and protocols. The Yankees were the first team in baseball to get 85% of its players vaccinated for the coronavirus, but the virus is unrelenting and has again raised its ugly head. The postponement was first reported the Buster Olney of ESPN.

Eight Yankees are under Covid protocols, including right-hand hitter Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka, and third baseman Gio Urshela. Previously Nestor Cortes Jr. was reportedly also affected by the virus. Few details are immediately available, but as more information becomes known, you will find it here on EmpireSportsMedia.com.

Judge who attended the All-Star game came in contact with Gerrit cole and Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman. Out of an abundance of caution, the Red Sox are also being tested. The entire Red Sox Yankee serious may be in jeopardy.

 

New York Yankees Analysis: My 2021 predictions and where they stand at the halfway point

Every year before the season starts, I make my predictions on what the New York Yankees season might look like, who will star, and who will bomb. Last year I bombed out several times but still had a 50% winning percentage. This year’s predictions were made on March 30, 2021, when things looked risky but pretty rosy for the upcoming season. But, of course, things have changed a lot since then, so let’s take a look at where we/I stand.

1. Gerrit Cole will not perform as expected!

This year after his average spring training performance, I predict he will go 15-6 with at least 24 home runs given up. He will also leave several games early. I hit this one -pretty much on the nose; Cole hasn’t come close to his 2019 performance with the Astros. He presently stands at 9-4. Although he will exceed my home run predictions, he has 15 already. On July 4th against the Mets, he lasted only 3.1 innings giving up 4 earned runs and walking three Met batters. Projection grade A.

2. DJ LeMahieu will be good, but not as good!

Last year I made this prediction and surely bombed out. I said he would not be as good; it turned out that he was even better in the short season than in 2019. He was the New York Yankees MVP and was all of baseball’s batting champ, hitting .364. I again make the same prediction this year. He will start the season slowly and will shine after the All-Star break. My prediction is too early to call. He has definitely not performed like he did last year, with a batting average of about .100 less. I also said he would shine after the All-Star break, which has yet to be seen. Projection grade B+.

3. Clint Frazier will shine in his first full season!

I made that prediction last season and was only partially correct. Where I was wrong was that he didn’t play a whole season in the majors. I was correct because his defense would significantly improve, and boy did it ever; he was even nominated for a Gold Glove Award. His quick bat prevailed, hitting .267. This season I predict the same, except that he will have a better batting average. Oh boy, I made an absolute mess of this one. Frazier has not been as good in the outfield and has absolutely bombed at the plate. His batting average is .186, with only five home runs. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is not with the Yankees after the trade deadline. Projection grade F.

4. Aaron Judge will have an injury-free season

Last year I predicted that Judge would have an injury-shortened season, and I was correct; he played in only 28 games while nursing injuries. This year in what will probably prove to be my most foolish prediction, I am saying he will play in at least 135 games and stay healthy for most of the season, hitting over 35 home runs. I did considerably better on this one. He has stayed mostly healthy and is on track to play at least 135 games. As far as home runs, he is on track to hit as many as 40, which is 5 above my prediction. Projection grade B.

5. Gleyber Torres will lead the Yankees in home runs

I made this same prediction last season and bombed out on that as much as Gleber Torres bombed out on his whole season. In 2019 Torres had 38 home runs, which I based my prediction on, as it turned out he only hit 3 homers. This year he is in much better shape and has been an outstanding player in spring training. He had 5 home runs in the spring. He will lead the Yankees with 45 home runs. However, he will not lead the Yankees in home runs; he has an abysmal 3 at the halfway point. His regular-season performance has dropped off dramatically from spring training. Projection grade D.

6. Domingo German will be the winningest pitcher

This prediction does not involve results from last year as German didn’t pitch at all in 2020 while serving his suspension for breaking the MLB’s domestic violence policy. But this year, after what I have seen in spring training, I predict he will be the Yankees’ winningest pitcher. He will have a 20 game winning season as he returns to his 2019 form. I completely flopped in this one. German hasn’t come close to good. He goes out and has a can’t touch performance, followed by miserable outings. He will be lucky to reach half of my prediction. Projection grade F.

7. Jonathan Loaisiga will be the Yankees’ best reliever

Loaisiga has been growing in Yankee importance for the last few years. This spring training, he has been just short of perfect. He didn’t allow a run in his first 6 games. He has a tiny 1.26. He will outshine all the other relievers and give up less than 30 earned runs in the 2021 season. I will add a caveat that that could be affected by the number of innings he throws. Hit this one on the nose. Loaisiga has been the Yankees’ most dependable reliever. He is 7-3 with an ERA of 2.11 in 36 games. He has 2 saves. Projection grade A.

8. Gary Sanchez will prove the Yankees wrong

Last year I predicted that Gary Sanchez would have the second-most home runs of any Yankee player. I was correct; he shared that stat with DJ LeMahieu. This year I am saying that the New York Yankees made a mistake in tendering him an offer to stay with the team. As much as I would like to see him prevail if his spring training performance is any indication, he will not. Gary gets into long slides that make him ineffective as a hitter. Although he got 10 homers last year, he batted a miserable .147. I predict he will have another poor season that may seal his fate with the Yankees. I don’t yet know what to make of this one; I was on track for the first 40 games. But in the last several weeks, Sanchez has turned it around. He is hitting .217 with 15 home runs. But, with Sanchez, you never can be sure of anything; he could still go into an after All-Star slide that could still end him up like last season. Projection grade C.

9. Yankees will win 108 games

Last season, a 60 games season, I said that the Yankees would win 48 games; they only won 33. I fell substantially short of my prediction. In 2018 and 2019, they won 100 and 103 games. This year with improved pitching, they will exceed that and win 108 games. I blew this one big time. If they continue to play as they have in the first half, they will end up with about 20 less than my prediction. Projection grade F.

10. The Yankees will win their 28th World Championship

Last year I made this same prediction and was very wrong; they didn’t even win the East Division. However, this year I will stick with the same prediction for several reasons. One is that at least at the beginning of the season, most all the Yankees are healthy. With their new pitching staff and the return of both Domingo German and Luis Severino, the New York Yankees will prevail over the greatly reduced Tampa Bay team, with the Toronto Blue Jays coming in second in the East. The Yankees will go on to beat the San Diego Padres in the World Series in seven games. I guess I am the perennial optimist; if they have a chance of winning it all, they have to have a highly dramatic turnaround. The next 7 games will be telling, 4 with the Red Sox and 3 with the Tampa Bay Rays that the Yankees have not been able to tumble. Projection grade D.

Notes: In my years of making annual predictions, so far, this has been my worst. However, in my defense, most industry analysts would have agreed with me. This has been a very disappointing season for the New York Yankees and its fans. No one has been able to come up with a reason that one of the most powerful lineups in baseball hasn’t been able to hit the ball consistently. They have made far too many basic ball-playing mistakes and pitching failures. Jameson Taillon and Domingo German have underperformed. The loss of Corey Kluber could not have been foreseen. The only part of the team that has shined is the bullpen.

One must remember this is still the New York Yankees; they have the ability to shock everyone and turn it around. First, however, they must win the majority of their series, play better against the AL East, and dominate everyone else. But with each series lost, that likelihood seems more remote. We will look at these predictions again at the end of the season. My halfway point grade. C+

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow him on Twitter @parleewilliam.

 

Yankees’ Aaron Judge had an eventful night in the All-Star Game; declares himself ready for second half

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge had an eventful All-Star Game on Tuesday night. It was one of his goals: put on a show for the fans that voted him as one of the best players in the American League. And he delivered.

Judge, who has carried the Yankees offensively this season, was the sparkplug of the American League offense in a game they ended up winning 5-2.

Judge took a walk in the second inning to lead off things, raced to third base on a double by Rafael Devers, and then scored the first run of the night on an infield single by Toronto Blue Jays’ second baseman Marcus Semien.

The Yankees’ star got things going

The AL’s cleanup hitter, Judge worked a four-pitch walk to open the second inning against the Brewers’ Corbin Burnes, then dug for third base on a double by Rafael Devers of the Red Sox before scoring on an infield single by the Blue Jays’ Marcus Semien.

“For me, you never know how many opportunities you’re going to get like this,” said Judge, who finished 0-for-2, to MLB.com. “It’s a blessing to be here, it’s a blessing to represent the Yankees in an All-Star Game and be by my teammates, especially with the fans voting me in.”

Judge also made a very nice catch at the warning track in the third frame, which had the look of an extra-base hit by Pittsburgh Pirates’ outfielder Bryan Reynolds.

The third All-Star experience for the Yankees’ star is now finalized, and he can relax for a couple of days before jumping right into the fire for a crucial second half.

The Yankees open the second half against the Boston Red Sox.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever come back to an All-Star Game; you never know what the future holds,” Judge said. “It’s always a special honor to come here, spend it with my family and have some downtime to relax and rest, and get ready for the second half.”

MLB News: AL All-Stars win the World Series home-field advantage again

Tonight all of baseball, regardless of team affiliation, MLB honored the All-Stars of 2021 at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado, at the annual All-Star game. The game was originally scheduled to occur in Atlanta, Georgia, but when Georgia passed suppressive voting rules, MLB took a stand and moved the game to Colorado, one of the state with the least restrictive voting rights laws. The winner of the game got the home-field advantage in the World Series, and that was the American League for the 8th time in a row..

The pregame led off with a tribute to Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greats who passed away this year. Hank Aaron was one of a kind, a man like Jackie Robinson that paved the way for future black players. During his time in baseball, especially from the beginning, he endured extreme racism, but he did it with grace and professionalism. On  April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record. After that, he started to receive the praise he deserved. Over the decades, he has become a true baseball legend. Unfortunately, Aaron died on January 22nd.

Only New York Yankee slugger Aaron Judge was selected to start the All-Star game in the right field in the months-long selection process. In a different selection process Yankees ace Gerrit Cole was selected to pitch in the game, although not as a starter; that honor went to Shohei Ohtani. Also selected was Yankee closer, Aroldis Chapman. Following the pregame ceremonies, the team lineups and starting lineups of the American and National League players were individually introduced. That was followed byt a park video again honoring Hank Aaron. Then, Yankee Aaron Judge walked his wife Bille Aaron onto the field to receive an Aaron jersey autographed by every All-Star player.

The national colors were presented with a field-sized American flag unfurled across the field as Hamiton star Christopher Jackson sang the national anthem and a military fly-over.

Then the 91st All-Star game started with Max Scherzer facing Shohei Ohtani, who ground out to second base. Scherzer started with a 1-2-3 inning putting down all he faced. Then, a the bottom phenomenon Shohei Ohtani was on the mound as the AL starting pitcher; he faced Fernando Tatis Jr., who flew out to left field. He put down all three players he faced, including Colorado’s favorite Nolan Arenado. No score.

The second inning was led off by New York Yankee Aaron Judge faced Corbin Burnes, and he walked on four pitches. Rafael Devers doubled down the right-field line moving Judge to third base. Semien singled, and Aaron Judge scored for the American League lead in the game. Perez, with two on and no outs, struck out. Hernandez struck out, leaving two on base, but the AL got the one-run lead in the game. At the bottom, Lance Lynn faced Freeman, who rocketed to first for the first out.  Castellanos skied out. Winkler walked. Realmuto went down swinging. AL 1 NL 0.

Mullins led off the third inning against Burnes out for his second inning and struck out. Ohtani ground out for the second time. Gurriel Jr. homered for the 200th home run in All-Star history for the second run for the AL.  Bogaerts singled. Aaron Judge lined out to short, but the AL picked up the two-run lead. At the bottom, Lyle Gibson faced Reynolds, who almost homered, but Aaron Judged reached over the wall and robbed him. Frazier singled. Tatis Jr. flew out to right-center. Muncy popped out. AL 2 NL 0.

The fourth inning was led off by German Marquez, who ground out Devers. Semien ground out to third. Perez struck out swinging. At the bottom, Nathan Eovaldi faced Arenado, who ground out to second. Freeman singled. Castellanos ground into a double play to end the inning. AL 2 NL 0.

Hernandez got a leadoff fifth inning double against Trevor Rogers. Mullins singled with Hernandez going to third. Rogers struck out. Guerrero ground out, but Hernandez scored for the third AL run. Bogaerts singled driving in another run. Judge flew out to end the half. At the bottom, AL pitcher Gregory Soto faced  Winker, who few out. Realmuto homered for the first NL run. Reynold tapped out. Frazier lined out to short. AL 4 NL 1.

Ramirez was led off the sixth inning facing Taijuan Walker; he flew out to far center field. Merrifield struck out. Zunino got the AL’s fifth run. Walsh flew out. At the bottom, Chris Bassitt pitching, Crawford popped out. Turner ground out. Machado singled but advanced to third on an AL error. Cronenworth walked. Soto walked to load the bases with NL players. Bryant at the plate a passed ball allow Machado to score, Bryant ended up striking out. AL 5 NL 2.

Garcia led off the seventh inning against Freddie Peralta and struck out. Martinez struck out swinging. Olson also struck out swinging. The bottom of the inning was led off by Narvaez facing new AL pitcher Andrew Kittredge and ground out up the middle. Taylor lined out to third. Albies ground out to first. AL 5 NL 2.

Bischette led off the eighth inning against former Yankee Mark Melancon and struck out. Gallo walked. Alex Reyes took over for Melancon, facing Wendal, who singled for two on and one out. Merrifield ground into a force-out, moving Gallo to third. Zunino ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Trey Turner flew out to right. Justin Turner singled. Escobar singled up the middle to two on and one out for the NL. Cronenworth ground out to short. Soto walked to load the bases for the NL for the second time. Bryant flew out to left leaving the bases loaded. AL 5 NL 2.

At the top of the ninth with Craig Kimbrel on the mound, Jared Walsh flew out to center. Garcia doubled to second. Nelson Cruz with 435 home runs ground out to first. The new pitcher was Zack Wheeler facing Matt Olsen struck out. The NL with the last licks on the line sent Narvaez out to face new AL pitcher Liam Hendriks and singled. Narvaez tried to advance on a passed ball that bounced back to the catcher and he got him out at second. Chris Taylor struck out swinging. Ozzie Albies got a two-out double. Craig Turner ground out to center to end the game and give the American League the home-field advantage in the World Series.

The final score was the American League 5 and the National League 2. The winning pitcher was Shohei Ohtani and the loser was Corbin Burnes. The save went to Liam Hendriks. It was the American Leagues’ 8th All-Star win in a row.  The All-Star MVP was Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

 

New York Yankees: Cole goes ballistic, all you need to know about 2nd shutout of the Astros

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Last night the New York Yankees were hoping to take the series from the Astros; they did it in style with their second shutout of their most hated team. So today, they will go for the sweep of the series.

Gerrit Cole makes a statement

Those critics who said that Gerrit Cole was just an average pitcher without the use of sticky stuff were proven wrong. Cole intentionally or not made a statement last night pitching a complete game shutout of his old team. Cole threw a career-high 129 pitches, refusing to leave the mound.

During the top of the ninth inning, cameras zoned on on Aroldis Chapman warming up in the bullpen. With the Yankees only having a one-run lead, the drama was set up as to who would pitch the ninth. Whoever was to take the mound, they would have to face Jose Altuve. Chapman’s history with Altuve is a nightmare. Cole apparently told Boone he was good to go, and he took the mound in the ninth.

After eight innings, Cole had racked up 11 strikeouts allowing only two Astro hits. In the ninth, Cole allowed a single to Jose Altuve, causing Aaron Boone with two outs, to walk to the mound to remove Cole from the game. Unfortunately, Boone wasn’t aware of what he was walking into. Cole was white-hot, not having any part of leaving the game. After the game, Cole said this of the mound visit: “I said the F-word a lot, and then I just kind of blacked out. I don’t remember what I told him.”

With Alvarez at the plate, he had no shot as Cole fanned him for his twelfth strikeout of the game. Cole’s night was over game over a complete-game shutout of the Houston Astros. It was a game that will go down in Yankee lore.

It was the first time the Yankees had a complete game shutout with twelve strikeouts since Mike Mussina did it in 2002.

Cole won the game the Yankees didn’t hit

Last night’s big story was obviously Gerrit Cole, his 12 strikeouts, his 129 pitches, and his shutout of the Astros. But lurking in the background was a season-long lack of hitting by the New York Yankees. Yes, the Yankees won it, but could only come up with one run on the night, Aaron Judge’s homer in the third, off starter Zack Greinke who lasted four innings in the game.

Other than Judge’s home run, the Yankees could only come up with another 5 hits. All singles except for Gleyber Torres’ double. They went 0-5 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven Yankees stranded as they continued a lack of timely hitting.

Astros’ Dusty Baker praises Cole

We all know that there is no love lost between the Yankees and the Astros after the cheating scandal was revealed from the 2017 season. Many fans believe they cheated again in 2019, although that has not been proved. No Astro player was held responsible, although the manager and general manager were fired. The Astros replaced manager Hinch with one of the most respected names in baseball, Dusty Baker. Baker, the class act he is, had this to say after last night’s game.

“He was good. He was very good..Similar to Tom Seaver.”

Today at 2:10 pm, the New York Yankees will go for the sweep of the Houston Astros. The Yankees are 3 for 8 in sweep attempts. Sunday’s Matinee will feature the Astros Framber Valdez, a lefty that is 5-1 with an ERA of 2.86, against the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon with is 4-4 with an ERA of 5.05. Taillon is coming off his best start of the season against the Seattle Mariners; Taillon went eight innings giving up just one run in the Yankee’s 12-1 victory. Valdez is coming off two wins, one against Cleveland and one against the Athletics. He gave up five earned runs in the Oakland victory. The only Yankees with extensive experience with Valdez is Rougie Odor, who in 5 at-bats hit .400 off of him. Sunday’s game will be televised on WPIX and its affiliates, ATTSportsNet, and nationally on TBS.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees shut out the Astros again in historic game

Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees faced the hated Houston Astros again tonight in the second game of the three-game set. Last night the Yankees shut out the Astros 4-0 at Minute Maid Park. With Gerrit Cole on the mound tonight, the Yankees were hoping to take the series. Cole has not pitched well in his last three outings, was to face the Astros’ Zack Greinke. Luke Voit was back in the lineup, and Kyle Higashioka was catching Cole. Cole ended up pitching a complete game with 129 historic pitches. The Yankee shut out the Astros for the second time 1-0.

In the first inning, Greinke faced the Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu, who ground out to short. Aaron Judge ground out to short center. Luke Voit swung and missed to give Greinke a 1-2-3 inning. At the bottom with Gerrit Cole on the mound, Jose Altuve led off against the Yankee ace and flew out to first. Michael Brantley hit the first pitch and flew out to Locastro in left. Yuli Gurriel struck out for a 1-2-3 matching inning for Cole. No score.

At the top of the second inning, Giancarlo Stanton led off by walking. Gleyber Torres flew back to the warning track on left for the first out. Gio Urshela got a base hit to left, moving Stanton to second base. Brett Gardner flew out to left for the second out. Kyle Higashioka catching for Gerrit Cole, flew out to far left to end the inning stranding two. The bottom was led off by Yordan Alverez, who struck out swinging. Kyle Tucker struck out on a 99 mph fastball. Abe Toro flew out to short for the second quick inning for Cole. No score.

Speedster Tim Locastro led off for the Yankees in the third and lined out to Altuve. LeMahieu struck out. Aaron Judge got home run number 21 on the season to far left. Luke Voit struck out to end the half, but the Yankees took the one-run lead in the game. At the bottom, Myles Straw flew out to center. Martin Maldonado struck out for Cole’s 4th. Robel Garcia flew out to Locastro in left field. New York Yankees 1 Astros 0. Cole has had 3 1-2-3 innings in a row.

The fourth inning was led off by Giancarlo Stanton, who ground out to left. Torres hit to left through the hole for a double. Urshela flew out to the right-field corner with Torres moving to third base. Gardner, who hit a two-run double last night, lined out directly to Brantley to end the inning, stranding Torres. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for the Astros. Altuve walked for the Astros’ first base runners. Brantley walked on four pitches. Gurriel struck out swinging. Alverez hit into a double play getting Cole out of trouble. Yankees 1 Astros 0.

Kyle Higashoika led off the fifth by walking off of new Astros pitcher Cristian Javier. Locastro hit into a force out. LeMahieu struck out for the second out of the inning. Judge was called out on strikes. At the bottom, Kyle Tucker flew out to Gardner in center. Toro got the first hit of the game for Houston to shallow center. Straw struck out, but Toro stole second. Maldonado ground out to LeMahieu to end the inning. Yankees 1 Astros 0.

The top of the sixth inning was led off by Luke Voit, who singled against the shift. Stanton struck out swinging. Torres flew out to far right for out number two. Urshela flew out to right to end the half. At the bottom of the sixth, Garcia struck out on a changeup from Cole. Altuve ground out to second. Brantley lined out to first. New York Yankees 1 Astros 0.

Brett Gardner led off the seventh inning by striking out. Higashioka lined out to third. Locastro struck out swinging to end the half. At the bottom, down by a run, Gurriel singled to left for the first hit by the Astros in 49 at-bats. Alverez was called out on a 100mph fastball from Cole. Tucker flew out to center. Toro flew out to Locastro in left. Yankees 1 Astros 0.

The eighth inning was led off by DJ LeMahieu, who singled. Judge ground out softly to first. Voit, after almost getting hit in the head by new pitcher Ryne Stanek walked. Stanton hit into an inning-ending double play. At the bottom, Straw struck out for Cole’s ninth strikeout of the game. Maldonado ground out to short. Garcia struck out on Cole’s 108th pitch and 10th strikeout of the game. Yankees 1 Astros 0.

In the ninth inning, Gleyber Torres faced Astro pitcher Ryan Pressly and ground out to third. Urshela hit back to the pitcher for the second out. Gardner singled to left. Higashioka went down swinging. With last licks on the line for the Astros, it was Gerrit Cole out in the bottom of the ninth facing Altuve who got a base hit to center. Brantley flew out on Cole’s tenth pitch of that at-bat. Gurriel went around for strike three. Alverez struck out on Gerrit Cole’s 129th pitch of the game.

The final score was the New York Yankees 1 and the Houston Astros 0. The winning pitcher was Gerrit Cole, with a complete game 129 pitch game. The loser was Zack Greinke.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from series win over the Mariners

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees have to feel good after notching their third win in a row and taking the series from the Seattle Mariners with the win last night. After a day off on Monday, the Yankees enjoyed a laugher against the west coast team on Tuesday, winning 12-1. However, last night was a different story; hardly a laugher, the Yankees had to fight tooth and nail to get the one-run win. The final score was 5-4, but it took five Yankees pitchers to get the job done.

Who decided on Nick Nelson?

At the start of last night’s game, fans were left with more questions than answers. First, why couldn’t the game’s scheduled starter Domingo German start the game after having an early morning root canal? Then why Nick Nelson, was it analytics that said he would be the perfect starter for that game? The question about German became even more evident when he was brought in to pitch the fifth inning. When manager Aaron Boone was asked about the decision, he couldn’t come up with any sensible answer.

Regardless of the reason, Nick Nelson started the Yankees game and was a total mess, only going 2/3 of an inning, giving up a run, walking three, and hitting the second Mariner that faced him. All of this happened while trying to protect a three-run lead the Yankees achieved off of the Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi. Nelson was replaced by Luis Cessa, who pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit scoreless ball. This was when Domingo German was brought into the game. Unfortunately, he proved that he still was not right. He gave up three earned runs in three innings of work even though he stuck out 5 Mariners.

New York Yankees attack first again

For the second night in a row, the Yankees attacked first, lighting up Yusei Kikuchi for three runs in the first inning. The Yankees got three runs in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game. Aaron Judge walked on four pitches. Gary Sanchez walked. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to right field. Luke Voit doubled driving in Judge from second. Gleyber Torres got a three-run single driving in Sanchez and Voit. Gio Urshela got a double when the ball bounced into the stands at left. Brett Gardner struck out for the final out, but the Yankees picked up the early three-run lead.

At the top of the second, Tim Locastro, with his amazing speed, stretched out single into a double past short. LeMahieu flew out to center, moving Locastro to third. Then, Aaron Judge hit a two-run (429′) homer into the left-field stands. The game could have ended there because the Yankees couldn’t hit the ball for the rest of the game in any meaningful way, allowing the Mariners to crawl back to within one run. DJ LeMahieu, Gary Sanchez, and Brett Gardner all went 0-4 on the night.

Aroldis Chapman Vs. Chad Green

In a puzzling mystery, the New York Yankees have lost their closer. All of the sudden, Aroldis Chapman has become totally ineffective. In his first 18 games of the season and with a rediscovered splitter, Chapman had an ERA of 0.00, not allowing a single run. Today that ERA stands at 4.55. For his last nine games, it’s at 22.00. So at the bottom of the ninth in Tuesday night’s game, Boone thought he would try out Chapman in a low-intensity situation with an eleven-run lead.

Chapman bombed again. He didn’t give up a run, but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Ty France singled on his first pitch. Jake Fraley struck out on a 95mph fastball. France went to second on a Chapman wild pitch. Luis Torrens walked. Jake Bauers struck out. With last licks on the line, Dylan Moore, with two on and two outs, walked, loading the bases. Shed Long Jr. followed by striking out to end the game. That was not the soap opera the Yankees wanted to see.

Last night in a high leverage situation in the ninth, the Yankees had to protect a one-run lead. Boone choose to sit closer Chapman in favor of Chad Green. Green did swift work in the inning, striking out two Mariners. No one will know who’s decision that was because the analytics would have said to send Chapman out. Nevertheless, going with Green, who has had an excellent season, was the right decision.

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees take second game from the Mariners

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Tonight was the second matchup between the New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners of three. Last night the Yankees won a lopsided 12-1 win over the Mariners. Tonight they went for the series win with Nick Nelson subbing for Domingo German on the mound for the Yankees and Yusei Kikuchi on the mound for the Mariners. German had an emergency root canal but was available. The Yankees beat the Mariners 5-4.

In the first inning, with Kikuchi on the mound, he faced DJ LeMahieu, who ground out to center. Aaron Judge walked on four pitches. Gary Sanchez walked. Giancarlo Stanton flew out to right field. Luke Voit doubled driving in Judge from second. Gleyber Torres got a three runs single driving in Sanchez and Voit. Gio Urshela got a double when the ball bounced into the stand at left. Brett Gardner struck out for the final out, but the Yankees picked up the early three-run lead.

At the bottom, JP Crawford struck out. A pitch hit Mitch Haniger. Kyle Seager walked. Ty France with two on and one out to Gardner in center. A wild pitch scored Haniger. Shed Long Jr. walked. Tom Murphey walked the bases loaded. Taylor Tramell faced the new pitcher Luis Cessa and ground out to second to end the inning, with the Mariners gaining a run. New York Yankees 3 the Mariners 1.

At the top of the second, Tim Locastro, with his amazing speed, stretched out single into a double past short. LeMahieu flew out to center, moving Locastro to third. Aaron Judge hit a two-run (429′) homer into the left-field stands. Gary Sanchez went down swinging. Stanton singled to right. Luke Voit got his seventh hit in a row in the series. Torres lined to the center-field wall for the final out of the half. Dylan Morre led off the bottom by flying out to Gardner. Tramell struck out. Crawford struck out. New York Yankees 5 Mariners 1.

The third inning saw Gio Urshela at the plate; he lined out to the center-field wall for the first out. Brett Gardner ground out to third. Locastro got his second double of the game. LeMahieu walked. Judge, who got a two-run homer in his last at-bat, ground out to short. At the bottom, Haniger flew out to left. Seager ground out to Voit at first. France lined out to Torres in short to end the inning. Yankees 5 Mariners 1.

The fourth inning was led off by Gary Sanchez, who struck out. Stanton struck out, and Voit flew out to right for Kikuchi’s first quick inning. At the bottom, Fraley ground out to Torres. Murphey hit to center for a single. Long Jr. ground out to end the inning. Yankees 5 Mariners 1.

The fifth inning was led off by Torres, who ground out. Urshela ground out. Gardner struck out to end the half. At the bottom, the original starter for the game, Domingo German, can in to pitch. He struck out Moore. Trammell struck out. Crawford flew out for a 1-2-3 inning for German. Yankees 5 Mariners 1.

At the top of the sixth inning, the Yankees went down 1-2-3. At the bottom, with German still on the mound, Haniger singled past third. Seager struck out. France singled to left. Fraley struck out. Murphey hit a long home run into the left-field stands for a three-run shot. Long ground out to end the inning. New York Yankees 5 the Seattle Mariners 4.

The seventh inning saw Gary Sanchez at the plate; he with Middleton on the mound lined out to right. Stanton doubled to left field on a failed diving catch. Voit popped out to first base. Torres flew out to the track at center to end the half and leave one on. At the bottom, German still on the mound, faced Moore, who stuck out on a German curve. Trammell ground out to Lemahieu. Crawford flew out to Garder for a 1-2-3 inning for German. New York Yankees 5 Mariners 4.

Gio Urshela started off the eighth inning against Drew Steckenrider by striking out. Gardner skied to center for the second out. Locastro finished off the half by striking out. Haniger led off the bottom with Jonathan Loaisgia on the mound by striking out. Seager and France also could do nothing off of Loaisiga to end the eighth inning. Although the Yankees couldn’t score in the ninth, it will be good for the Yankees if they keep on hitting. Mariners also couldn’t do anything off of Yankee closer Chad Green in the ninth.

The final score was the New York Yankees 5 and the Seattle Mariners 4. The winning pitcher was Luis Cessa, and the loser was Yusei Kikuchi. The save went to Chad Green.