New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from embarrassing loss to the Indians

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

If the New York Yankees were pleased with themselves after their shutout of the Indians on Friday night, they have to be at least equally embarrassed by the loss they suffered last night. In an ugly game with little Yankee hitting, the Yankees lost the second game 11-3 against the poor hitting Cleveland team. The Indians have only six other teams that hit less than they do.

Luis Gil’s secondary offerings didn’t cut it

Luis Gil has had some amazing starts for the Yankee’s while helping replace Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber, but he has also had flashes of little control of his secondary pitches that have cost the Yankees. As manager Aaron Boone had said last night and before, Gil, although he may have a great future, right now he is not the finished product.

Gil started yesterday’s game great, striking out two in the first inning, but with his lack of control, the game was pretty much over by the time he was taken out of the game in the fifth inning. He had given up three runs and left two on base when he exited. Alber Abreu entered and couldn’t hold those remaining runners on base, allowing them to score and adding three runs of his own. At the close of the inning, it was 8-0 Yankees. The Yankees couldn’t recover from that deficit.

The offense came too little, too late

At the beginning of the seventh inning, the Yankees were scoreless, not able to do anything off Indian’s starter, Aaron Civale. But in the seventh inning, Giancarlo Stanton went deep off of Bryan Shaw for his 30th home run of the season. Luke Voit added a two-run homer of his own in the eight, but this was too little, too late to make any difference in the game’s outcome.

If the Yankees can reach the postseason, they have to correct a big problem they have had all season. And that was on full display yesterday. The Yankees can’t hit off of good pitching. They only beat up on poor pitchers and tired bullpens. In the postseason, you are only going to see great pitching that goes deep into games.

One thing the Yankees can do to improve that is to keep Giancarlo Stanton in the outfield daily; use Luke Voit, who may not be elite at first as the everyday DH; he is a better hitter with the potential of hitting more home runs than Anthony Rizzo, the better defender. They have got to play clean baseball and improve the consistency of their hitting.

Yankees slip out of the wild card yet again

The New York Yankees are in a very tight race to get a wild card spot with the Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. For nearly two weeks, the Yankees held that number one spot giving them the home-field advantage in that game. But, since then, they have slipped entirely out of the wild card, then back in and out yet again.

Yesterday their rivals, the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays, both won their games. The Yankees lost and slipped back out of a wild card berth, looking in on their rivals. The last 13 games are so critical to the goal of playing in the wild card. It doesn’t appear that either of their rivals will be collapsing, so the Yankees must win at least the majority of the remaining games.

If they can’t do that, it will be a long cold winter of discontent spent examining all the things they could have done better instead of celebrating a long-awaited 28th World Championship.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Bronx Bombers turn into just bombed out in loss

luis gil, yankees

After pounding the Cleveland Indians last night in an 8-0 shut out the New York Yankees hoped to continue their powerful play by getting back their home advantage in the wild card and beating the Indians again to take the series. The Yankees had pitching sensation Luis Gill on the mound facing the Indians Aaron Civale. Gil was not good and the bullpen was sensationally worse. The Yankees lost 11-3.

Gill faced Myles Straw leading off for the Indians, who struck out for Gil’s first game strikeout. Oscar Mercado jumped on the first pitch for a double down the left-field line. Jose Ramirez ground out with Mercado moving to third. Franmil Reyes struck out to strand one. At the bottom, DJ LeMahieu led off for the Yankees and doubled to center. A pitch hit Luke Voit. With two on and no outs, Aaron Judge hit into a double play as DJ moved to third base. Stanton, with two outs and one on, lined out to right to end the inning. No score.

Harold Ramirez struck out. Yu Chang homered into the left-field stands. Owen Miller struck out. Austin Hedges flew out to right, but the Indians picked up a run. At the bottom, Joey Gallo led off by popping out to third. Gleyber Torres singled up the middle. Gary Sanchez went down looking. Brett Gardner at the plate Torres was caught stealing to end the inning. Cleveland Indians 1 Yankees 0.

To open the third inning, Andres Gimenez was at the plate and singled to left. Straw ground out with Gimenez moving to second. Mercado flew out to Gallo. Ramirez walked. Reyes, with two on and two outs, popped out to Urshela, stranding two. Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the third by striking out swinging. Gio Urshela popped out to second. LeMahieu flew out to right. Indians 1 Yankees 0.

The fourth inning was led off by H. Ramirez, who walked. Chang had an infield pop out. Miller walked. Hedges struck out swinging. Gimenez struck out. At the bottom, Voit was called out on strikes. Aaron Judge got a towering out to right. Stanton flew out to the warning track in right. Indians 1 Yankees 0.

The fifth inning was led off by Myles Straw, who lined out to Judge in right. Mercado popped out to Sanchez, but Sanchez dropped the ball; he ended up getting hit by a pitch. Ramirez walked. Reyes faced the new Yankee pitcher Albert Abreu and got an RBI double driving in Mercado with two on and one out. Ramirez was hit by a pitch for the second Indian hit by a pitch in the inning. Chang got a two-run double to right. Miller got an RBI single as the Indians were pouring it on. Hedges popped out to Sanchez. Gimenez, the 9th batter of the inning, hit a 3 run homer into the right-field stands. Straw ground out to finally end the inning that saw the Indians score 7 runs.

At the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Wade led off by striking out. Torres ground out to third. Sanchez singled to let field. Gardner lined out directly to Miller at second. Cleveland Indians 8 New York Yankees zero.

Mercado led off the sixth inning struck out. Ramirez doubled when LeMahieu tried to field his ground out but threw offline to a scoop up that Voit couldn’t make. Next up was Reyes, who hit a two-run homer into left. Ramirez flew out to left. Chang went down on strikes as the Indians tacked on another two runs. At the bottom,  Urshela led off and ground out to the pitcher. LeMahieu singled. Voit walked. Aaron Judge hit into his second double play of the game to end the inning. Indians 10 Yankees 0.

Miller led off the seventh by singling up the middle. Hedges flew out to center. Gimenez struck out. Straw singled, moving Miller to third. Mercado flew out to right. At the bottom, Stanton homered into the bullpen to put the Yankees on the board. Wade struck out. Torres popped out to first. Sanchez singled to left.  Gardner ground out to end the inning. Indians  10 New York Yankees 1.

The eighth inning was led off by Ramirez, who tacked on another homer. Reyes singled. Ramirez struck out. Chang flew out to left, and Miller struck out swinging. At the bottom Urshela ground out to short. LeMehieu walked. Voit hit a two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole. Judge walked, Stanton flew out to deep center. Blake Parker was brought in to face the lefty, Wade. Wade got a single up the middle. Torres popped out to end the inning. Indians 11 Yankees 3.

Austin Hedges led off the top of the ninth against new Yankee pitcher Joely Rodriguez and ground back to J-Rod. Gimenez went down on strikes. Straw struck out. The Yankees entered the bottom of the inning with the impossible task of scoring at least 8 runs to tie the game and force it into extras. Gary Sanchez facing Emmanuel Clase, flew out to right. Gardner walked. Urshela struck out swinging. LeMahieu ground out to first to end the game.

The final score was the Cleveland Indians 11 and the New York Yankees 3. The winning pitcher was Aaron Civale, and the loser was Luis Gil.

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: 4 Major takeaways from 14-0 shutout of the Yankees

New York Yankees, Albert Abreu

The New York Yankees entered last night’s game with the Tampa Bay Rays feeling fully confident that they would sweep the Rays with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound for the Yankees. Unfortunately, that is not close to what happened; instead, the Rays shut out the Yankees 14-0. Another case this season as the Yankees take two steps forward and one step back. Nevertheless, the Yankees did take the series.

Gerrit Cole loses the game before recording an out

It would be an understatement to say that Yankee ace Gerrit Cole didn’t have it as he stepped to the mound in the first inning of last night’s game. Cole gave up four runs without recording an out. With the Yankees not hitting, the death knell led to a 14 run shut out from the Rays. Once that was over, Cole settled in and put down 8 in a row at one point. With his secondary pitches not working, he had to revert to solely throwing his fastball.

In his time with the Yankees, Cole has never given up 8 runs in a game, making this his worst outing in years. It is the first time since 1912 that a pitcher has given up eight runs in a game while recording 10 strikeouts. It is also the first time the Yankees have given up 14 runs in a game since last year against the Toronto Blue Jays at Buffalo.

This loss has to be a concern for the Yankees; it’s Cole’s second loss in a row when he couldn’t complete six innings. His last loss was a critical one against the Boston Red Sox. This trend can’t be acceptable to the Yankees; as the season progresses, he is trending down, not up. After April, Cole’s ERA was 1.43; now, it has risen to 3.11, which is still good but not what you want to see from your ace.

Yankees’ lack of hitting continues

The Yankees’ lack of hitting all season continues to dog them in most games. Last night was no different. The Yankees could only muster up 4 hits in the game. With three runners in scoring position, no home runs, they couldn’t bring a run home. Most concerning last night was Giancarlo Stanton, who stuck out three times with one walk. Stanton, who was a legitimate spark before the All-Star break, has not hit the ball since then. He had 16 home runs then, and that is where it sits. Both Judge and Stanton should be the power bats in the lineup, but Stanton is missing in action.

By taking this series, the Yankees now have a winning record at Tropicana Field for the first time since 2015. The Yankees are now 7 and 9 against the Rays this season, with the last 3 games between the teams to be played at Yankee Stadium to end the season in September.

Yankees give up 10 in the sixth

After giving up four runs in the early part of the first inning, Gerrit Cole pitched well into the sixth inning, striking out 10 Rays. But everything went south in the sixth inning, putting the Yankees in an unrecoverable 14 run hole. In the sixth, Cole gave up another two runs before being removed from the game, leaving two on base that was his responsibility. With the bullpen, overused Boone sent Michael Abreu to replace Cole. However, the Rays had their way with Abreu, who gave up another eight runs including the two base runners Cole left.

Sal Romano did his job; between the seventh and eighth, he allowed two hits but kept the Rays scoreless. On a good note, the Yankees sent out their newest pitcher Clay Holmes in his Yankee debut. He pitched a hitless ninth inning for the Yankees.

Hal means business

New York Yankees general partner Hal Steinbrenner said recently that he doesn’t see the Yankees as sellers at the trade deadline. It seems he was true to his word. The Yankees acquired Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers and last night announced that they had acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs. With $4 million left without going over the luxury tax threshold and a 4 o’clock deadline today, he may still improve the team.

New this season, after the deadline today, there will be no waiver deals made. At the end of today, the team will be what they will go with the rest of the season. With the additions of Gallo and Rizzo, it seems Cashman is addressing the lack of left-hand hitters in the lineup. If there is another deal coming before that deadline, it will most likely be in the pitching department.

 

New York Yankees beat the Angels 11-5, here are the major takeaways from the win

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

After a four-game losing streak last night, the New York Yankees delighted fans worldwide with a big 11-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels. They showed fans and detractors alike that they can be the Bronx Bombers of old. The big question is can they maintain that energy and success?

Don’t let Jameson Taillon fool you

Jameson Taillon earned the win last night in the Yankees 11-5 win over the Los Angeles at Yankee Stadium. It was his third win of the season against four losses in fifteen starts. But don’t be fooled. Taillon didn’t win the game the Yankee lineup did. Taillon gave up all the runs the Angels would score. Taillon is still the lousy pitcher he has been all season. With the Yankees only scoring about 3 runs per game, giving up five runs would normally be a loss for any starting pitcher.

Jameson Taillon was a better-than-average pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirate before his series of injuries. He had two Tommy John surgeries. But with him working his way back, the New York Yankees thought they could take a chance on him to be a number three or four starter for their revamped Yankee rotation.  Now halfway through the season for Taillon, that seems like a pipe dream. He has shown some bright spots this season, only to go out and erase them in the next outing.

The good pitching news from last night is not Taillon; it’s Nestor Cortes Jr. that stepped in and saved Taillon last night. Cortes Jr. has proven that he is a dependable option for Aaron Boone whenever he is needed. Last night he pitched 1.2 innings of one-hit ball. In his last 8.1 innings of relief, he has allowed only three hits and no runs. Call-up Albert Abreu closed out the game for the Yankees, pitching two hitless innings.

Yankees score a season-high 11 runs

The New York Yankees that have been playing all season did not show up last night; the “Bronx Bombers” we all know and love performed last night like Yankee fans have not seen all season long. There were several high points last night. One is scoring a season-high 11 runs. Every Yankee scored last night, and the Yankees hit three home runs in the game.

It was a hit fest for the New York Yankees last night. Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, and Miguel Andujar all hit home runs in the game. In addition, Sanchez, Luke Voit, and Miguel Andujar all had extra-base hits. The Yankees also never let up the pressure on the Angels. LeMahieu, Judge, Andujar, Sanchez, Voit, and Gleyber Torres all had two out RBI’s.

Turnaround or giant tease?

The morning after, many New York Yankee fans wonder if last night finally signaled a turnaround for the Yankees. Others may be wondering if it was just a giant tease that has seen the Yankees take a step forward and then two steps back. The Yankees have, for the most part, have had a roller-coaster season with more downs than ups.

At the start of the season, most industry analysts predicted with the Yankee’s strong lineup and newly revamped pitching rotation that they would be the team to beat all the way to the World Series. However, Yankee fans and analysts alike have been totally puzzled by the exact opposite. The Yankees appear to be a lifeless unenergetic team that can’t get out of its own way, often failing on baseball’s basics. If you believe that the Yankees will stop hitting into double plays, stop making running errors. And that the team will all of the sudden start hitting across the lineup, then the Yankees have now turned it around. If you are like so many sports sites, even New York ones, you believe the Yankees are done for it.

Last night New York Yankee general manager Brian Cashman for the first time, threw the Yankees under the bus while showing his continued support of Boone and the coaches.

“I know they urgently want to get on track, but I also know that we suck right now, as bad as you can be,” the general manager said Tuesday. “Trying to knock ourselves out of that is the effort, but until we get online and start playing high again, it’s gonna look bad. It plays bad and it stinks to high heavens. Right now, we gotta own that. I gotta call it like I see it: It’s pretty bad right now.”

Just one week ago, the New York Yankees had crawled back to just four games out of first place, but now a week later, even after last night’s game, the Yankees are back to 7 1/2 games out, with only the Baltimore Orioles playing worse ball. I am not going to join the bandwagon saying that the Yankees are through this season. They still have time to turn it around, but they must start doing it now, and in a big way, anything less will disappoint.

Tonight the New York Yankees will face the pitching and hitting sensation Shohei Ohtani,  that many compare to Babe Ruth. If Domingo German and the Yankees can win this game, it will go a long way to say that a turnaround may be in the offing.

 

 

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from the Gerrit Cole loss

Last night the New York Yankees faced the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in game one of a 4 game set. The Yankees lost the game 5-2 for their second loss in a row. The Yankee hitting was subpar, and Yankee ace Gerrit Cole suffered through his worst start of the year after being brilliant most of the season. What makes this loss so embarrassing for both the team and Cole is that it was against one of the worst teams in the AL and against a pitcher (Lyles) who had an ERA hovering at 6.00. Cole also got no help from the Yankees hitters. The on-again-off-again hitting was impotent last night.

Cole allows second Yankee loss in a row

The New York Yankee ace Gerrit Cole that is usually dominant, near-perfect, wasn’t last night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. Much to the surprise of Yankee fans that feel they will win with Cole on the mound, Cole’s lack of control was disappointing, to say the least. It started in the first inning. Fans are used to a 1-2-3 first inning from Cole, but the shock was immediate; he gave up a double to Calhoun to start the game. It was a precursor of what was to come.

In the second inning, Cole gave up three runs. He went into the inning with the Yankee one-run lead. Adolis Garcia led off the bottom by homering to tie up the game at 1 apiece. David Dahl doubled to right-center. Kiner-falefa doubled driving in Dahl for the Rangers early lead. Charlie Culberson ground out. Kiner-Falefa stole third. Jose Trevino singled driving in Kiner-Falefa. Cole gave up another run in the fifth when Calhoun homered off him. At the top of the sixth inning, Garcia singled, and manager Boone had seen enough. Cole took the loss in the game, throwing 89 pitches.

After the game in an interview, Cole gave no excuses for his sub-par performance but suggested that “it was just one of those nights, I wasn’t as crisp.”

Cole reaches a milestone

Gerrit Cole may not have helped his team win, but he did reach a personal milestone. Cole had struck out 61 batters without walking a batter until Monday night. According to the Elias Sports Bureau and the Athletic, it was the longest such streak in a single season since 1893. When Cole was asked how he felt about the achievement, Cole responded sheepishly that it was pretty cool but wished it had come with a win.

When Cole reached the milestone, he did it apparently without Yankee catcher Kyle Higashioka’s knowledge, because “Higgy” threw the ball into the stands. There is no word as to if the Yankees retrieved the ball.

Game one bright spots

  • Brett Gardner hits a triple, the first triple by any Yankees player during the 2021 baseball season. He also had a single in the game.
  • Luke Voit hits a homer. In the eighth inning of last night’s game in Texas, Luke Voit hit his first home run since returning to the club. Voit was last year’s home run leader for all of baseball.
  • New York Yankee reliever Albert Abreu came in in the sixth inning to replace Gerrit Cole, who had already lost the game to the Rangers. Abreu pitched three hitless innings while striking out four.
  • DJ Lemahieu, Luke Voit, and Brett Gardner all went 2 for 4 in the game.
  • Although not game-related; A rumor is that Brian Cashman has the Colorado front office on speed dial regarding shortstop Trevor Story and right-hand pitcher Jon Gray. Could a blockbuster deal be in the making, even before the trade deadline?

 

 

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees’ pitching collapses in messy 15 run shut out loss to the Phillies

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

Today, the New York Yankees traveled just a mile from Steinbrenner Field to the Philadelphia Phillies’ home at BayCare Park in Clearwater, Florida. It was the first meeting of the teams early in this spring training. Former Yankee manager Joe Girardi leads the Phillies. The Yankees were led today by Carlos Mendoza while manager Aaron Boone recovers from pacemaker surgery.

In the game, Gio Urshela made his first appearance in a game since rehabbing from a bone spur in his throwing elbow. Urshela had the surgery in December and said he feels fine now. In another debut, Deivi Garcia made his first pitching start of spring training. He faced the Phillies Matt Moore, a lefty that played in Japan last season. The game was played under bright sunny skies with a game time temp of 66 with a stiff NW breeze.

To put it simply in the game the New York Yankee hitters couldn’t hit Philly pitchers and the Yankees’ pitchers couldn’t pitch. Unfortunately it was the Yankees first 9 inning game of spring training.

Mike Tauchman led off for the Yankees against Matt Moore in the first. He struck out followed by Gio Urshela first at bat coming back for elbow surgery. Urshela flew out and Luke Voit popped out to second baseman Nick Maton. Moore made quick work of the Yankees in the frame. At the bottom the young Deivi Garcia took the mound. Deivi is just one of the pitchers that will be fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation at the start of the regular season. Garcia used three different pitches to get Adam Haseley to ground out to Urshela at third. Hoskins struck out. Then Scott Kingery hit a line drive homer to left off of Garcia. Phillies 1 Yankees 0.

Moore was back on the mound for the second, facing Clint Frazier who struck out. Miguel Andujar flew out, and Kyle Higashioka who is catching today walked on six pitches. Tyler Wade doubled, but “Higgy” was called out as he tried to reach home plate. Deivi Garcia with 15 pitches (12 strikes) was back on the mound in the bottom of the frame. Garcia gave up another homer, this one to Odubel Herrera. Phillies 2 Yankees 0.

Vince Velasquez replaced Moore in the second inning. Brito struck out. Estrada grounded out bringing us back to the top of the lineup. Tauchman  grounded out to first. Wojciechowski took over for Garcia. He put down the side in one-two-three fashion. Velasquez in his second inning of work in the fourth and he put down the Yankees again.

“Wojo” was back in the bottom of the frame. Kingery reached on a Tauchman error. Bohm walked, Herrera singled giving Wojo a big mess to clean up with no outs on the board. Chatham singled driving in Kingery. Still no outs. He finally got an out by striking out Jeff Mathis. Nick Maton doubled and cleared the bases. Phillies 6 Yankees 0. Bench Coach Medoza took Wojciechowski out of the game. With one out Albert Abreu took over. The Yankees went from bad to worse. He gave up a double to Luke Williams driving Maton home for another Phillie’s run.

He then threw a wild pitch moving William to third. Haseley walked. Hoskins singled driving in Williams. Kingery struck out for the second out of the half. Bohm homered driving in three more runs. Herrera popped out ending the complete collapse of the Yankees pitching. The two Yankee pitchers gave up nine runs in the frame.

The New York Yankees remained scoreless in the top of the fifth. Next up for the Yankees was Lucas Luetge. Mathis singled and was replaced by pinch runner Luis Garcia. But, Luetge managed to get out of the inning without allowing another Philly run. In the top of the sixth Ryan LaMarre managed to get the Yankees second hit of the game, a line drive single to center. But the Yankees failed to score a run.

Reggie McClain pitched the top of the sixth for the Yankees, and immediately gave up a homer to Mickey Moniak to far right. He got out of the inning only giving up the one run. The Yankees faced Philly pitcher Ramon Rosso. The Yankees Josh Breaux singled, Brantly walked, but again the Yankees failed to score. Nestor Cortes Jr. took to the mound for the Yankees. Garcia walked and Williams homered. Mickey Moniak homered. Phillies 15 Yankees 0.

Phillies pitching again shut down the New York Yankees in the top of the eighth. Ryan LaMarre was hit by a pitch but Alvarez with two outs failed to drive him in. Yoendrys Gomez pitched the bottom of the eighth for the Yankees. He did his job and prevented the Phillies from scoring another run. With last licks on the line, the Yankees hoped to avoid the shutout in the top of the ninth inning, but the game was called after the eighth.

The final score was the Philadelphia Phillies 15 and the Yankees Zero. The losing pitcher was Deivi Garcia and the winner was Moore.  The Yankees only mustarded up three hits in the game.

 

Yankees: Deivi and German are struggling in winter ball, but you won’t guess who’s dealing there

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The performance of Deivi Garcia and Domingo German is, naturally, being closely monitored by the New York Yankees and fans alike. After all, as of today, both of them would be in the rotation to start the 2021 season since the team doesn’t seem particularly close to bringing upgrades.

Garcia pitched 34.1 very good innings in his debut season in MLB this year, with a 4.98 ERa and a 4.15 FIP, coupled with a 22.6 K% and an excellent 4.1 BB%. The sample is really small but the Yankees were pleased with his performance. German missed the whole 2020 season after a 2019 domestic violence incident.

Yankees pitchers’ winter league roundup

Not that they aren’t good. They are! Very much, indeed, especially the young Garcia. However, they aren’t pitching very well in winter ball. Both of them are in the Dominican league, LIDOM: Garcia with Tigres de Licey and German with Toros del Este.

German had four no-hit innings to start his tenure with Toros, but he’s been battered after that. In five starts and 16.1 frames, he has allowed 17 hits, and 13 runs, with nine bases on balls and 18 strikeouts.

“Obviously in Domingo’s case, having not pitched this year, to be able to go there and pitch and rack up some innings and just knock off some rust, if nothing else, will give him some momentum coming into spring training,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said this week via Zoom.

Garcia has a 0-2 record with a 7.50 ERA in Licey’s uniform. He has four walks and three punchouts in 6.1 innings.
One that is stepping up for the Yankees’ farm system is Albert Abreu. He debuted this season on MLB, with a 20.25 ERA in 1.1 frames. He struck out and walked two.

However, with Licey, Abreu has a tiny 1.10 ERA in four starts. In 16.1 innings, he has only allowed two earned runs, and while he has handed 10 free passes, he has 19 whiffs.

New York Yankees Recaps: Yankee Bullpen fails late, Mets have walk-off win in the 10th

New York Yankees, Albert Abreu

The New York Yankees went into yesterday’s late afternoon start, hoping to win an important makeup game from the Mets. But that was not to be, as the Yankees failed to maintain the lead in that game that they had twice. Although I am totally unbiased in my writing, I am a life long Yankees fan, and It pains me to write negatively about my team, but this game was just horrible in so many ways.

At an unusual start time of 4:10 pm, J.A. Happ took the mound for the New York Yankees and pitched a clean first inning. At the bottom of the second inning, Happ got all the support he needed, as the bottom of the lineup loaded the bases for the 9th man, Tyler Wade. Wade hit a single driving in Gio Urshela for the 1-0 Yankee lead. Two batters later Luke Voit hit a double to far left, and two runs scored, including Wade that motored the 270′ dash all the way from first base, making it 4-0 Yankees. At that point, it looked as though Happ would have all the ammunition he needed to have another excellent game.

At the home half of the second ex-Yankee, Todd Frazier powered a long ball over the right-field fence, as the Mets got one run back.  But at the bottom of the fourth, everything fell apart for Happ. With a man at third Marisnick hit one to the left-field wall and the Mets had another run. Rosario singled driving in Marisnick, McNeil later batted in Rosario and the Mets tied up the game at 4. That did it for Happ, who pitched through the fifth inning.

Adam Ottavino and Chad Green combined for two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh. At the bottom of the seventh, the backend of the Yankee lineup came through again. Gio Ushela drove in Aaron Hicks, allowing Mike Ford to go to third. Brett Gardner singled down the 1st baseline driving in Ford, and it was 7-4 Yankees.

Then came triple trouble, setup/closer Zack Britton, who had been excellent all season, gave up three hits and two runs to the Mets. At the ninth, Aroldis Chapman that has not been effective since returning from the coronavirus, gave up two hits and another run, a home run to J.D. Davis, tying up the score again. In a somewhat unusual move, manager Aaron Boone brought in AAA Albert Abreu in the bottom of the tenth inning. Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer off Abreu, for the final score of Mets 9 and the Yankees 7. Ewin Diaz got the win and Albert Abreu the loss for the Yankees.

The Good Stuff:

There wasn’t much good news in this game, however, it can’t go without saying that the New York Yankees bottom of the lineup really went to work for the Yankees in the game.  Both Adam Ottavino and Chad Green put down the Mets nicely in their innings. The Yankees also got the news that Gleyber Torres would be returning to the lineup sometime over the weekend in Baltimore.

The Bad Stuff:

J.A. Happ continued to be a mystery for the Yankees, as his inconsistent pitching continued. After one of the best starts by any Yankee, he really bombed in this one. The top of the lineup bats were mostly silent in the game.  The real bad news was that the Yankees closers of Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman just couldn’t get the job done, giving up three runs. Albert Abreu failed miserably in his second appearance of the season and should be sent to the alternate site, and kept there. With Tyler Wade at second starting out the 10th, he made a running mistake and was picked off.

On the injury front with only 24 days left in the regular season, there still is no timetable for the return of sluggers Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton.

 

 

New York Yankees Prospects: Albert Abreu

New York Yankees, Albert Abreu

One of the top New York Yankees pitching prospects has seen his stock drop since last year. Before last season began, many thought that Albert Abreu would be one of the Yankees prospects that would be pushing his way towards the majors. When Abreu is on and healthy, he possesses three above-average pitches that would all play well at the Major League level. He has a fastball that can top out in the triple digits, he has a knee-buckling curveball, and he possesses a change-up that really keeps batters off balance. There’s a reason that the Yankees were really excited when they acquired Abreu from Houston in the Brian McCann trade. However, consistency and health have been big issues for Abreu.

Injuries & Consistency

For Abreu, the biggest problem has been his ability to stay on the mound. Since the 2016 season, Abreu has never pitched more than 100 innings in a season. Last year, he came close with 96.2 innings, but a nagging bicep injury kept him from reaching the 100 innings mark. Before the bicep it was his shoulder and his elbow that have given Abreu issues. 222.2 innings in three seasons is not what the New York Yankees have wanted to see from one of their top prospects. Another problem Abreu has had is with his consistency. With missing so much time, Abreu at times appears to be pressing on the mound. Combine that with his arm delivery that causes control issues, and Abreu has really struggled at times. In 2019 which saw Abreu spend his entire season with AA Trenton, Abreu went 5-8 with a 4.28 ERA but with an alarming WHIP of 1.614. The walks and hits were both high and the strikeout numbers didn’t counter them to the point that you’d want to see.

Something to Prove

Whenever we kick off the 2020 season, I want to see Albert Abreu really pitch with conviction. In watching him a few of times over the last couple of seasons, he appears to be throwing more than he seems to be pitching. The extra time that players are given could be a blessing in disguise for a guy like Albert Abreu. He can spend more time focusing on his mechanics and sharpening a few things up. Abreu could be in for a really good second half of the season. Many think Abreu could crack the MLB roster before the seasons over pitching out of the bullpen. If Abreu does transition to a reliever to fill a need for the Yankees, he has plenty in his pitching repertoire to be a dominant reliever out of the pen. As stated above, his upper 90’s fastball mixes extremely well with his off-speed pitches. I’m not ready to give up on Albert Abreu, and he is definitely a prospect to keep your eyes on in 2020.

New York Yankees: 2 top prospective pitchers to watch during Spring Training

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

Pitchers and catchers report next week and New York Yankees fans can’t wait to see their new player, Gerrit Cole, pitching in a Yankee uniform. Luis Severino and James Paxton also bring excitement to fans as they’re also going to be a big key to the season this year.

Besides the obvious premier pitchers and relievers on the Yankee roster, there are a few prospective pitchers that should get Yankee fans excited as well.

Deivi Garcia

Once believed to be the New York Yankees’ savior when they lacked starting pitcher, Deivi Garcia no longer has that weight on his shoulders after the acquisition of Gerrit Cole. Garcia is one of the top-ranked prospects in the Yankee system and is believed to have a big shot at pitching in the big leagues this season.

Despite some concern with his control, Garcia has shown some serious talent. His best pitch is a high-spin rate curveball that devastates hitters when thrown properly and works his fastball in the mid to upper 90s. Brian Cashman has said that they’re going to take a close look at Garcia during Spring Training and possibly come out of the bullpen for the Yankees.

Albert Abreu

Someone who’s been in the Yankee system since 2017 after being traded from Houston, Albert Abreu might just have his debut season this year. He’ll most likely begin his season in triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders but will have a shot at maybe coming up for a few games.

Abreu has a high-velocity fastball that runs up to 97mph. He flashes a tight curveball and has a high swing-and-miss rate.