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After two weeks, where do the New York Yankees stand?

Two weeks into the new baseball season, the Yankees are 3.5 games behind the East-leading Boston Red Sox. They are two games under .500, winning only five of twelve games played. Unless your name is Gerrit Cole, you haven’t pitched well, and if you’re a hitter, you haven’t been hitting. The Yankees certainly aren’t playing well, are making many errors, both throwing and on the base paths, and they seem to have an infinity for hitting into double plays.

Tensions are high for tonight’s Rays game

Tonight the Yankees face their nemesis, Tampa Bay Rays. Tensions have been building up for the two teams during the last few years. It came to a head last season when Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman threw at the head of the Ray’s Mike Brosseau. Chapman was suspended for three games for his part in the incident. So far this year, there have been no bench-clearing events, but watching the games, you can feel the tension in the air. Yankee pitchers have hit several Rays in the first three-game set. Jordan Montgomery hit Austin Meadows twice in the same game, making the umpire warn both teams. Don’t expect the civility to continue.

Yankees to honor Jackie Robinson

Tonight the New York Yankees will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. Most teams celebrated it on the traditional date of April 15. However, teams that had the day off on Thursday are allowed to celebrate it today. In honor of the baseball great, all the Yankees players and staff will wear his number 42. Robinson was the first black man to break the color barrier and play in the major leagues. His number was officially retired from all of baseball in 1997. The Yankees’ Mariano Rivera was already wearing the number 42 and was the last player to do so when he retired in 2013.

Was Clint Frazier’s 2020 an aberration?

Last year Clint Frazier showed up on the field and changed man. His defense was so approved; he actually was nominated for the Gold Glove award. He hit .267 with 8 home runs and earned a place in the everyday lineup in the short season. At the beginning of the season, he was named the starting left fielder for the New York Yankees.

Now, after just twelve games, the Yankee management is beginning to think twice about their decision. Although he started okay, his production has dropped off, and his defense has not been stellar, leading manager Aaron Boone to replace him in three games with the better hitting and better defender Brett Gardner. Frazier on the season is batting .200 to Gardner’s .286.    Boone recently said about Frazier:

“Clint Frazier is still going to play a ton for us,” Boone said. “He is pretty much the everyday left fielder. We happen to have a fourth outfielder in Brett Gardner who is going to play a lot for us. … Frazier is going to play a ton. He’s going to get to raking and be a big part of this team.”

The Red Sox are now stuck with Ottavino

During the offseason, the New York Yankees unloaded reliever Adam Ottavino to the Boston Red Sox via the trade in a mostly cost-saving move. This season, the Yankees have to be celebrating the move as Ottavino has gotten off to a terrible start with the Red Sox. He has already allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 3²/₃ innings. In five appearances he has an ERA of 9.82. This is the exact reason the Yankees wanted to part ways with him. Last year for the Yankees, he was ineffective.

Judge is Judge, but what about Stanton?

Aaron Judge, after twelve games, is leading the New York Yankees with 4 home runs, that a home run every three games. That may be a bit slanted as he hit two home runs in one game. Judge appears to have found his timing and is operating on all cylinders. His batting average is .308 with a hit per game. Giancarlo Stanton is a different story; he started the season hot and even hit a Grand Slam, but as of today, he has cooled off. That Grand Slam is his only home run, and he is hitting just .175. He holds the record for RBI’s and hit the baseball leading single that left his bat at 120 mph. If both of these sluggers can stay healthy and Stanton can find some consistency, all will be well for the Yankees.

Are these Yankees doomed?

Although the Yankees aren’t playing great baseball, there are those Yankees that stand out that won’t be around for long. Number one on that list is Jay Bruce, who likely will be gone as soon as Luke Voit returns from his knee surgery. He has been just plain horrible in his defense at first base and isn’t hitting either; his batting average is a team-worst .118. In all fairness to Jay by trade, he is an outfielder with only some first base experience.

Lucas Luetge’s future with the Yankees is a bit more dubious. During spring training, he was one of the two best Yankee relievers, but he has not lived up to that performance in the regular season. So far, he has struck out nine in 6.1 innings, right in line with his preseason performance. However, he’s also been tagged for three homers and five earned runs, one in each inning pitched. He may improve, but right now, his future doesn’t look bright. Other than these two, when Clarke Schmidt and Luis Severino return, Albert Abreu and Domingo German may have to keep looking over their shoulders.

New Ways to watch Yankee games

Amazon has announced that it has struck a deal with the YES Network to televise all the games the YES Network produces for  WPIX. The 21 such games this season will be free to watch for Amazon Prime members that live in NY, CT, NJ, and eastern PA. In Connecticut, Fox61 has a multi-year deal to broadcast the WPIX games on their sister station CW20. The YES Network will televise 134 games, and the other seven will be nationally televised, divided by FOX and ESPN.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from 2nd loss to the Jays

New York Yankees, Corey Kluber

Yesterday, the New York Yankees met up in Dunedin, Florida, with the Toronto Blue Jays in the rubber game of a 3 game set. The Yankees won the first game, and the Jays won the second game. This time the Yankees came out 2 runs short of a win. Watching the game, it was like deja vu all over again. The Yankees’ pitching wasn’t there, and the hitting wasn’t there, something that has plagued the Yankees for most of this season.

Yankee starter fails yet again

New York Yankee starting pitcher Corey Kluber took the mound yesterday without a win on the season. He left still without a win. In his first game, the Yankees managed a win against Toronto even though he only pitched four innings. The Yankees lost his second game when he went only 2.1 innings before having to be pulled after giving up three runs. Yesterday he was pulled after 4 innings and giving up three runs. His ERA is now 6.10.

The problem in Kluber’s starts is that he hasn’t nailed down his command. In three games, he has hit two batters and is on pace to hit twice as many batters this season as in any year of his career. He also doesn’t seem to be able to keep pitches down. When a pitcher throws too many pitches up in the zone, he will get hit. The bottom line is that he has to keep the runs down and go deeper into games. He has yet to go more than 4 innings in any game.

Aaron Judge hits two homers

Aaron Judge, after a somewhat slow start in finally getting his timing down. Yesterday he was zoned in hitting two homers in the game, one a monster shot. He now leads the team in home runs at 4. If he can stay healthy, he could hit over 40 home runs. The Yankees lost the game yesterday with a lineup that did not include DJ LeMahieu or Giancarlo Stanton. It is important to note that Judge has gotten those four home runs in only 39 at-bats. He did not play in two of the 12 Yankee games.

Yankee hitting still not up to par

Almost every sports news source talks about the lack of hitting from New York Yankee hitters so far this season. The stats are alarming. The heart of the lineup that is supposed to win games for the team is only hitting .145. Most of the hitting is coming from the back of the lineup. The Yankees are striking out more than walking and seem to have an inordinate ability to hit into double plays.

Last postseason the Yankees failed to get to a World Series appearance mostly due to lackluster situational hitting. It concerns that the lack of hitting has only gotten worse in this new season. Yesterday’s lineup combined for a batting average of .241, which generally isn’t going to win many games.

There are several hitting problems that the Yankees are suffering from, but there are two glaring ones; Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier. In case you have had your eyes closed, Hicks in the pivotal 3 spot in the lineup is batting only .179. If you haven’t noticed, Clint Frazier, the everyday left fielder, isn’t playing every day in favor of Brett Gardner, who is hitting better and defending better. Gardner is hitting .289 and Frazier only .200.

Another hitting problem lies at first base; the New York Yankees have no Luke Voit, recouping from knee surgery. Last season’s all of baseballs’ home run leader has been replaced by Jay Bruce, who is a total failure both hitting and in defense at first base. Bruce has the worst batting average on the team (.118).  Voit’s return from Meniscus surgery is expected to keep him out of the lineup for at least the next four weeks.

Yankees: Good news and bad news in disappointing loss to Toronto

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees have started off the 2021 season by failing to produce in categories they normally dominate in. For example, they have only hit 13 home runs, while the Cincinnati Reds have hit 20 and ranked first in the MLB. Normally, the Yankees get off to a hard start, especially with the long ball, which is a big part of their run production.

However, the starting pitching has also been problematic, as Corey Kluber gave up three earned runs and two homers over just four innings of work on Wednesday afternoon. He currently hosts a 6.10 ERA, and while the bullpen has been solid for the most part, Chad Green blew a tie game in the ninth inning, allowing a walk-off home run by Bo Bichette.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

The Yankees have a long road ahead of them to break out of this current funk, but there are a few positives to harp on, including Aaron Judge hitting two home runs against Toronto in the loss. He is currently hitting .308 on the season. He was the only Yankee to have more than one hit on the afternoon, he simply can’t win games alone, despite his best efforts.

The only other Yankees to get on base via a hit were Gio Urshela, Gleyber Torres, and Gary Sanchez. Currently, the batting order is inconsistent, as the Yankees miss the presence of Luke Voit at first base. Bruce has been a liability defensively and has been awful in the batter’s box, striking out twice in the defeat.

Aaron Judge said it best, the Yankees’ situational hitting is awful, and it’s something they need to work on together.

“Just inconsistent. That’s the word that I keep coming back to,” Judge said after the game. “Just not consistently having quality at-bats, putting the ball in play when we need to, situational hitting. Tie all that together and it isn’t a good recipe.”

Despite Judge earning his second three-hit performance of the season, the offense is flat, and the defense has been inconsistent as well. Torres remains a liability at shortstop, and Jay Bruce has had his fair share of struggles filling it at first base. Add in Clint Frazier and his inability to hit lately, and the Yankees have a recipe for disaster.

New York Yankees Recap: Aaron Judge hits two homers as Jays take 2 of 3 from the Yankees

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays met up in Dunedin, Florida, at TD Stadium for a three-game set rubber game. The New York Yankees won the first game and the Jays the second. On the mound for the Yankees was Corey Kluber and for the Jays Ross Stripling. Both pitchers had rough starts to their seasons. Kluber’s ERA is 5.68, and Striplings 7.56. Both pitchers were hoping for a win, especially Kluber, as the Yankees were at the AL East’s bottom. It was 82 degrees and bright and sunny for the start of the game.

The New York Yankees put together a rather unusual lineup that was without DJ LeMahieu and Giancarlo Stanton. Possibly this was done to shake things up a bit and get the guys hitting. Aaron Hicks led off the first-facing TJ Zeuch, a last-minute replacement. Hicks flew out to far center. Aaron Judge homered to left to give the Yankees the early lead. Gardner ground out to first. In the game, Gary Sanchez struck out, but the Yankees picked up a game-leading run. Corey Kluber faced Marcus Semiem at the bottom of the inning; he struck out. Bo Bichette singled. Vlad Guerrero Jr. at the plate Bichette stole second base. Vlad ground out to third, but Bichette went to third. Randal Grichuk singled. Cavan Biggio struck out to get Kluber out of trouble. Kluber did throw 23 pitches in the inning. Yankees 1 and Jays 0.

Gleyber Torres led off the second inning and walked. Jay Bruce hit into a double play. Gio Urshela flew out to left center. At the bottom, Gurriel Jr. ground out. Tellez singled. Kirk homered to left, driving in two runs. Palacios ground out. Semien struck out, but the Jays picked up two runs. Jays 2 Yankees 1.

Odor led off the third by flying out to left. Higashioka hit the ball hard, but it was caught right at the left-field wall. Hicks ground out. At the bottom, Bichette homered to right-center. Guerrero Jr. singled up the middle. Grichuk flew out to Judge in right. Biggio walked. Gurriel Jr. ground out, and Tellez struck out to end the inning. Jays 3 Yankees 1.

Aaron Judge got his second home run a monster shot to center as the Yankees closed the gap. Brett Gardner walked. Sanchez popped out to left. Torres doubled to the right-field wall. Bruce struck out. Urshela singled, driving in two runners for the Yankee lead in the game. Odor flew out to left, but the Yankees took the lead. Kirk led off the bottom, grounding out. Palacios was hit by a pitch, Kluber’s second. Semiem singled, and Palacios got to second on an error. Bichette hit into 4-6-3 double play ending the inning. Yankees 4 Jays 3.

With Trent Thornton on the mound, Higashioka ground out to third. Hicks ground out to second. Judge, with two homers in the game, ground out to Biggio to end the half. Jonathan Loaisiga took over for Kluber at the bottom. Guerrero Jr. lofted one to center for an out. Grichuk flew out to Judge. Biggio hit one past Judge; Biggio tried to make it into an inside-the-park home run but got caught into a run-down and was tagged out to end the inning. Yankees 4 Jays 3.

Gardner led off the sixth by flying out to center. Sanchez singled to center. Torres walked. Bruce hit into another double play. Lourds Gurriel Jr. led off the bottom of the inning by singling to Judge. Tellez singled to center. Kirk, with two on and no outs, got hit by a pitch loading the bases. Palacios singled, but they threw out Gurriel Jr. at the plate. Semien at the plate, Higgy had a passed ball allowing Tellez to go home and tied the game. Semien popped out to Gardner. Bichette ground out to short, but the Jays tied the game. Yankees 4 Jays 4.

Gio Urshela led off the seventh grounding out. Odor popped out to the infield. Higashioka struck out. At the bottom, Guerrero Jr. led off, hitting a base hit off Darren O’Day. Grichuk ground out to first, but Guerrero Jr. took second. Biggio struck out. Gurriel Jr. flew out to center, and O’Day had a quick inning. Score tied at 4.

At the top of the eighth, Aaron Hicks ground out. Judge singled to left. Gardner hit into the force as they get Judge out a second. Sanchez popped out to foul territory in right ending the half. Tellez against Justin Wilson ground out. Kirk struck out swinging. Palacios singled up the middle. Semien flew out to Gardner. Tied at 4.

Wit Rafael Dolis on the mound, the Yankees tried to break the tie. Torres ground out to third. Bruce struck out. Urshela flew out to left to bring it too the bottom of the ninth. Bo Bichette hit a walk-off home run to win the game for the Blue Jays. Final score Blue Jays 5 New York Yankees 4. The winning pitcher was Rafael Dolis; the loser was Chad Green.

 

 

 

Yankees’ Aaron Judge finally gives explanation for mystery injury

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The mystery injury surrounding New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been confusing fans and analysts for weeks. With the Yankees currently sitting at 4-5 on the season, they have missed Judge in a few games he sat due to injury. So far, Judge has played in seven of nine, logging two home runs and a .310 average. There is no question he is an integral part of the office and defense, and without him, the team lacks their spark plug.

However, Judge finally gave some insight into the injury that has been plaguing him since Opening Day, and one that skipper Aaron Boone refused to detail.

“I think it might have been a little issue of taking too many hundreds of swings down there in the cage before and after games,” he told reporters after beating the Rays 8-4 on Sunday afternoon.

Yankees’ Aaron Judge doesn’t stop working:

On the bright side, it is nice to see that Judge is working extremely hard to improve his game and help the Yankees over the entire 162 game season. Adjusting his mentality and body to fit a longer schedule was always a difficult task, so he took a different approach toward rehabilitating.

“Any soreness, based on track record, instead of missing a month, why not miss one game or two games?” Judge said. “What the difference between playing 155 (games) or 157. That was the intent behind it, and I’m feeling good now.”

He makes a good point, it’s better to miss a game here and there than to miss an entire month where the rumors begin flying and he loses his rhythm. That’s what we’ve seen in the past with Aaron, missing long periods of baseball and coming back just a struggle because of a lack of reps.

“When the swing doesn’t feel right or the outfield doesn’t feel right or running the bases doesn’t feel right, I go right to work. I take swings, I get more routes in the outfield,” Judge said.

Judge has spent a lot of time in the lab refining his talents and perfecting his fundamentals, which has led to a strong start to the 2021 season. The reality is clear, though, the Yankees desperately need arguably their best player in the lineup on a daily basis, so keeping him healthy is essential.

Yankees receive great injury news ahead of Saturday’s game

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees fell miserably to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday afternoon by a score of 10-5. Unfortunately, they were without both Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge, two essential starters who not only offer elite defense but quality offense.

The injury to Urshela with simply side effects from the vaccine he took on Wednesday, but Judge has been kept under wraps, as skipper Aaron Boone wasn’t willing to offer any explanation for him being scratched.

Thankfully, Boone stated prior to Saturday’s contest at 1:10 PM that Judge would be in the lineup, continuing to state that they were just taking things easy and making sure he is 100% healthy.

“It’s just always good to write his name in there. Just trying to be cautious with him early.” – Boone on Judge
Judge’s issues have been a mystery the past few days, and after playing just 28 games of a total 60 in 2020, there are certainly concerns regarding his longevity. Over five games this season, though, he’s hitting .364 with two homers and five RBIs, so we can clearly see his influence when available.

The New York Yankees must make a statement after being blown out by Tampa:

In what was it embarrassing performance Friday, the Yankees are looking to make a comeback after their pitching failed to stop Tampa’s offense. Corey Kluber lasted just 2.1 innings, allowing five hits and five runs over just 62 pitches.
Nick Nelson came in to relieve Kluber but completely lost control of the game and put things to rest for Tampa. He lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up four hits and four runs, watching his ERA skyrocket to 9.00.
Luckily, Lucas Luetge bounced back after a few tough outings, striking out four batters and allowing just one run over 3.0 innings. It seems as if Lucas had a few jitters in his first MLB action since 2015 with the Mariners, but he is settling into a relief role nicely.

Yankees injury news doesn’t get better as Gio Urshela is scratched and Aaron Judge remains a mystery

New York Yankees, Gio Urshela

With the New York Yankees scheduled to take on the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday evening, they will be without two of their primary starters. Right fielder Aaron Judge has been dealing with a mystery injury as of late, and skipper Aaron Boone has failed to offer a reasonable explanation for his absence.

The second player to miss Friday’s game is Gio Urshela, as he is experiencing side effects after being vaccinated on Thursday.

Gio Urshela scratched:

Per the Yankees:

  • Placed INF Gio Urshela on the COVID injured list due to side effects from vaccination.

Aaron Judge remains out with mystery injury:

Judge reportedly has pain in his left side, and whether it be his oblique or a lower-body issue, the Yankees refuse to offer any explanation for what’s going on. This might be part of their new approach, trying to keep the media away from making any egregious assumptions, or they simply are unsure where the pain is stemming from.

“Just felt like I wanted to wait another day,’’ Boone said Friday. “We’ll see where he’s at in 24 hours. It’s simply wanting to play the long game and not force anything.”

Ultimately, the Yankees desperately need Aaron Judge in the lineup, as he could’ve been the catalyst in their most recent loss to the Baltimore Orioles that went to extra innings. Judge played in just 29 games out of 60 last year and 28 in 2020. His injuries have significantly dampened the overall mood surrounding a potential long-term extension in the future. When available, he’s easily one of the best hitters in baseball, but sometimes the best ability is availability.

New York Yankees: Tampa Bay preview, unwanted baggage?

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

On Friday, the New York Yankees will take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game set at Tropicana Field In Tampa, Florida, and they will be carrying on the plane with them some unwanted baggage. The baggage they will take with them is Aaron Judge, who, just five games into the season, appears to be injured again, a shortstop that already has two errors in his first six games, and a catcher that doesn’t always hustle.

There is a bunch of good and bad news for the Yankee fans to digest in this very young season. After two series, the Yankees have a .500 record. That is both good and bad. At least they haven’t lost 6 straight. In fact, no MLB team is without a win in the first week. But at the same time, the Yankees haven’t won 6 straight. We call the Sox the lowly Red Sox, yet they have the same record the Yankees do. But let’s be real, it’s only one week, and the Yankees are still tunning up, plus they are going to face a much weaker Tampa Bay Rays team the whipped their butts last season.

Let’s examine the good news first. The New York Yankee front office has to be mostly tickled with both the Yankee starters and relievers; they have pitched for the most part really well in the first six games. Some anxiety has been relieved as all the pitchers seem healthy and confident, which was a concern with three starters not having pitched in nearly two years. Domingo German was the only downer in his start, but there is likely nothing to worry about after a stellar spring training. This week Gerrit Cole was totally dominant in his second start throwing to Kyle Higashioka. Yesterday the last Yankee pitcher to start the season, Jameson Taillon, pitched really well, giving up two runs, striking out seven with no walks.

In the first full week of play, the Yankee bullpen has been excellent. Leading the pack is Jonathan Loaisiga; in four innings of relief, he hasn’t allowed a run while striking out 5 and not allowing a walk. In spring training, in 14 innings of work, he allowed 2 runs, striking out 11, walking two with an ERA of 1.26. Next is Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Micheal King, Nick Nelson, Darren O’Day, and Aroldis Chapman, who have not given up an earned run. The only blemish has been Lucas Luetge, who gave up 2 runs in one inning. But the Yankees are not worried about that as he was their second-best pitcher in spring training. In 10.1 innings, he struck out 18 hitters for an ERA of 1.74.

The bad news going into the Tampa Bay series isn’t yet horrible but is concerning. First, the New York Yankees will have to endure the Rays celebrating their division and ALCS win at their home Opening Day celebration at 3 pm on Friday. Baggage to be dealt with includes Aaron Judge. Will he be healthy enough to play? It was revealed Wednesday that he was suffering from left side soreness. Is it an oblique strain for just some soreness? Aaron Judge didn’t seem overly confident that Judge would be in the lineup Friday.

Another baggage they will be carrying is Gleyber Torres, who has committed two errors already in just six games. Gary Sanchez didn’t exactly show a lot of hustle yesterday either. It wouldn’t be an issue, except he has been criticized for lack of hustle several times before. In yesterday’s game, he got a ground ball that he gave up on and was called out at first, barely. But if you watched the tape, he was hardly running when he reached first. The rule is you run like Brett Gardner because you never know someone may drop the ball. As far as Torres is concerned, he made a bad throw that may have cost the Yankees the Orioles’ sweep. Torres has to start charging the ball to give himself more time to throw an accurate throw.

The last bit of baggage the Yankee hope they can leave behind is their lack of hitting with runners in scoring positions. In the first six games of the season, when the bat wasn’t always active, the Yankees went 12 for 51 with runners in scoring position. It’s tough to win games when you leave that many in scoring position. The Yankees have to find a way to hit more consistently, especially with men in scoring position.

Tomorrow the Yankee’s Corey Kluber will make his second start of the season; he will face the lefty Rich Hill. In Hill’s first outing, he gave up 4 runs for an ERA of 9.00. On Saturday, Domingo German will face Ray’s Chris Archer, who has had a horrible start this season. He has an ERA of 13.50, although he has pitched well against the Yankees before. The finale on Sunday will feature an unknown Ray facing Jordan Montgomery, who had an excellent start in his first outing in a game the Yankees won. 7-0.

Over the offseason, the Tampa Bay Rays got rid of two of their best pitchers. They let Charlie Morton walk to the Braves, and they traded away Blake Snell, their ace, to the Padres. On paper, the New York Yankees seem to have the edge on the Rays this season. During this meeting, the Yankee pitchers will have to watch out for Randy Arozarena, who created havoc with the Yankees last season, and Austin Meadows likes to homer off Yankee pitching, however this season he will face a very different rotation.

The game on Friday will be at 3:10 pm and will be broadcast on the YES Network and in Florida on the Bally Sports Sun Network, the old FoxSports. The games on Saturday and Sunday will be at 1:05 pm.

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from last night’s loss to the O’s

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Last night the New York Yankees met up with the Baltimore Orioles in game 3 of a 3 game set, hoping to complete the sweep, but instead, they had a heartbreaking loss in the 11th inning. The game had a little bit of everything, stellar pitching, a huge error, comebacks, and a lack of clearing the bases. In the very long game, the Yankees lost to the Orioles in the eleventh inning by 4-3. The New York Yankees now have a 3-3 (.500) record on the season.

Taillon debut encouraging

Last night was the long-anticipated New York Yankees debut of Jameson Taillon. Although Taillon was not stellar, his start was very encouraging for a quality pitcher that hasn’t pitched in two years. He pitched into the fifth inning of the game, giving up two home runs while striking out seven Orioles and not walking a batter. After the game manager, Aaron Boone said he was delighted with Taillon’s first start.

Taillon’s bug a boo was two bad pitches that led to two home runs. Other than those two pitches, Taillon was mostly dominant, pitching two, one, two, three innings. He seemed to have good control and looked very confident. Taillon seemed to be happy with his first performance, as when he met up in the dugout with his friend Gerrit Cole he exhibited a wide smile.

Other than Taillon, the Yankees bullpen was stellar. Nick Nelson, Darren O’Day, Jonathan Loaisiga, and Aroldis Chapman, with one 102 mph pitch, did not allow a run or a walk. Chad Green’s inning was tainted by Torres’s throwing error that eventually allowed two runs to score. At one point, the bullpen put down eleven O’s in a row.

Throwing still dogs Gleyber Torres

Last night Gleyber Torres exhibited the reason he is not the best of shortstops. Torres still has throwing errors that have dogged him throughout his career. Last year Torres had more errors than all the MLB shortstops except for one.

Last night Torres had his second error of the young season, and this one may have cost the New York Yankees the game. In eighth, Sanchez singled, Mike Tauchman came in to run for Sanchez. Urshela doubled as Tauchman came sliding home to tie up the game. But in the tenth inning, Severino reached on a huge error by Torres, Santander scored for the O’s lead. Severino hit a single that should have been a ground out, but Torres made a poor throw to Bruce that landed at least 12 feet in front of Bruce, and Bruce failed to catch the ball when it bounced off his glove.

To be fair to Torres, a better, more experienced first baseman might have been able to make the play. However, that being said, Torres still exhibits a concerning trait, which is waiting for the ball to come to him rather the charging the ball giving him more time to make an accurate throw. Even Aaron Boone said after the game that Torres must make standard day-in and day-out plays.

Boys, you got to bring em home

In all but one game in this young season, the New York Yankees have left too many men on base. A failure of bringing men in scoring position home almost always leads to losing games. Last night that was again the case; the Yankees had 13 hits but only scored 3 runs. They went 3 for 14 with men in scoring position, leaving 12 Yankees on base. Several Yankees, including DJ LeMahieu, have had hitting problems as their timing is not yet where it should be. LeMahieu said after the game that he was close. The O’s had only 4 hits in the game leading to 4 runs.

Notes:

Aaron Judge was not in the lineup last evening after suffering side soreness. As so often, little information is available. In Tuesday’s game, Judge seemed to run the bases gingerly and was removed from the game. Boone said he just wanted to get him off his feet. But then he wasn’t in the lineup last night. It was reported that Judge had left side general soreness. This is concerning because the hulk of a man has had oblique injuries to both sides of his body before. After the game, Boone didn’t sound encouraging, saying he didn’t know if Judge would be in the lineup on Friday when the New York Yankees meet the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.

 

 

Yankees News: Aaron Judge injury a mystery, Friday’s availability in question

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The Yankees had a great win over the Orioles on Tuesday night. A tremendous start from Gerrit Cole and a great performance from Judge led the Yankees to a 7-2 victory. Judge had his best game of the year and looked to be in mid-season form. 

It wasn’t until the lineup came out for the series finale on Wednesday that things started to look down. Aaron Judge was missing. With an off day scheduled for New York on Thursday, the decision to rest Judge was questionable. Experts and fans were going berserk trying to come up with an answer for Judge’s absence. 

Aaron Boone then met with the media before the game and was asked about the situation. He stated that Judge was absent from the lineup because of “soreness” in his left side. After a game in which Judge went 3-5 with two singles and a three-run homer, it seemed weird that he was experiencing soreness. Boone then stated that this was more “wear and tear” soreness than anything else. Players don’t usually experience any wear and tear five games into the season. Especially a player in as great of shape as Judge. Then he tried to reassure everyone by saying Judge would be available off the bench.

The Yankees ended up losing a heartbreaker in eleven innings by a score of 4-3. It was a thrilling game throughout, with many lead changes late. Judge, however, never made an appearance. 

So, why didn’t Judge play?

After the game, Boone was bombarded with questions regarding Judge’s health. He was asked why Judge wasn’t used late in the game. He responded by saying that he “was staying away” from Judge. Then he stated that it is “unclear” whether Judge will be in the Yankees lineup against the Rays on Friday.

With a travel day for the Yankees tomorrow, Judge will get two days of rest. That should clear up any wear and tear soreness that he is experiencing. Which is why it’s weird that his status would be in question. Boone said earlier that New York has no tests set up for Judge and that he will be monitored closely. Only time will tell whether this is really “wear and tear” or something more serious than expected.