New York Yankees Recap: Yankees avoid the sweep with gutsy win in the 10th

Today the New York Yankees faced the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a 3 game set. The Yankees have lost the first two games, with the Ray shutting out the Yankees Yesterday. Today the Yankee’s Jordan Montgomery faced the Ray’s Brent Honeywll Jr. Montgomery was coming off his first game of the season in which he was totally dominant. He shut out the Orioles 7-0, striking out seven and walking none. Honeywell made his Ray’s Major League debut after not pitching for 3 and a half years due to several surgeries.

DJ LeMahieu started off facing Honeywell and flew out to right. Aaron Judge ground out. Aaron Hicks ground out to first for an excellent start for Honeywell. At the bottom, Montgomery faced Yandy Diaz, and he walked. Randy Arozarena hit into a double play, two outs. Monty plunked Austin Meadows. The Yankee pitchers have hit several Rays in this series. Manuel Margot ground out for the last out. No score.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the second against Honeywell. He struck out looking. Gleyber Torres down on strikes Rougned Odor flew out for another quick inning for Honeywell. The Rays lead off with Mike Brosseau, the player that caused Chapman’s suspension. He singled to left with a hard-hit line drive. Brandon Lowe flew out to Judge on the warning track. Willie Adames flew out to Gardner in left field. Mike Zunino hit a home run into the left-field stands. Kevin Padlo struck out, but the Rays picked up two runs. Rays 2 Yankees 0.

Michael Wacha took over for Honeywell in the third inning. Gary Sanchez walked. Gio Urshela hit a long home run over the center-field wall to tie the game at 2 (457′). Brett Gardner singled up the middle. LeMahieu doubled on a ground-rule double. Aaron Judge walked to load the bases with no outs. Hicks hit into a double play, but Gardner scored. Stanton ground out to third. Yankees 3 Rays 2. Montgomery faced the top of the order at the bottom of the third. Diaz singled over Torres’s head. Arozarena homered, bringing two more runs for the Rays. Meadows struck out. Margot doubled to center. Brosseau ground out to Urshela. Lowe chopped back to DJ, but the Rays regained the lead. Rays 4 Yankees 3.

Gleyber Torres led off the New York Yankees fourth by walking. Odor flew out to left. Torres stole second. Sanchez ground out to third base. Urshela stuck out, leaving Torres stuck at second. At the bottom, Adames struck out. Zunino flew out to Hicks. Padlo struck out for a fast 1-2-3 inning for Monty. Rays 4 Yankees 3.

Gardner led off against Wacha in the fifth by striking out. LeMahieu hit into a double play. Judge made it 1-2-3 for Wacha. At the bottom, Diaz ground out to Urshela. Arozarena followed, doing the same. Meadows got hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Margot ground out to Odor to end the inning. Rays 4 Yankees 3.

Hicks led off the sixth by comebacking to the pitcher. Stanton struck out for the 3rd time. Torres struck out for 9 in a row for Wacha. Brosseau led off the bottom by walking on Monty’s 82nd pitch. Lowe against Chad Green ground out. Adames ground out to DJ, but Brosseau made it to third base with two outs. Zunino struck out. Rays 4 Yankees 3.

Odor led off for the New York Yankees in the seventh grounding out. Sanchez walked on a hit-by-pitch. Urshela singled up the middle to put two on for the Yankees with one out. Gardner walked to load the bases. Thompson replaced Reed. LeMahieu hit into a double play for the second time in the game. Yankees leave three on base. At the bottom Padlo against Green and stuck out. Diaz struck out, and Arozarena popped out to DJ in foul territory. Rays 4 Yankees 3.

Aaron Judge led off the top of the eighth by walking. Hicks flew out to the far left-center. Stanton walked giving the Yankees two on with one out. Mike Tauchman was brought in to run for Stanton. Torres got an RBI single to left to tie up the game. Castillo came in to replace Thompson. Odor popped out, two away. Sanchez flew out to center but the Yankees were able to tie up the game.  Green was out again for the bottom of the eighth. Meadows lofted to Gardner in left. O’Day came in to replace Green. Margot ground out to Torres. Tsutsugo pinch hit for Brosseau and struck out for the 1-2-3 inning for Darren O’Day. Yankees 4 Rays 4.

Leading off the ninth was Urshela he doubled up the middle. Gardner walked, first and second with no outs. DJ LeMahieu goes to second on a bad throw by Padlo. (E5), Gardner got caught between third and home and was tagged out, and Judge ground out as the Yankees left two on base in the ninth in a tied game. The Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman came in to hold the Rays at the bottom of the inning. Lowe struck out as did Adames. Zunino doubled to Gardner. Padlo struck out to bring it to the 10th inning. Score tied at 4.

At the top of the tenth Judge was on second (man on second rule after 9) with Hicks at the plate. Hicks was hit by a pitch going to first. Two on no outs. Tauchman bunted and the runners moved to second and third. Gleyber Torres had a slow roller, and Judge was called out trying to reach home. “Rougie” Odor with men on the corners and two outs, he became a Yankee hero in his first game as a Yankee, he popped one into no man’s land in center that scored Hicks for the Yankee lead. Sanchez singled bringing in Torres for the two-run lead. Urshela line drove to center bring in two runs for the Yankee 4 run lead. Urshela moved to third on the error by Margot. Gardner stuck out. Yankees 8 Rays 4.

In the bottom of the 10th with last licks on the line for the Rays, Albert Abreu came out to pitch for the New York Yankees. With Pedlo on second, Phillips struck out. Arozarena struck out. Meadows flew out to Hicks to end the game and give the Yankees an 8-4 win over the Rays as they avoided the sweep. The winning pitcher was Aroldis Chapman the loser, McHugh.

 

 

 

 

 

New York Yankees: FanGraphs says the Yankees already have the best bullpen

The New York Yankees this offseason made it a priority to re-sign DJ LeMahieu, and they were finally able to do that, signing him to a six-year deal for $90 million. They also signed Cory Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Besides those two deals, the Yankees haven’t done much except to bring back relievers Adam Warren and Nestor Cortes Jr. Many fans believe the Yankees have to sign a quality arm to replace Tommy Kahnle that went with the Los Angeles Dodgers. FanGraphs says the Yankees already have the best bullpen in baseball.

The total bullpen WAR is 3.7, .3 ahead of the second-place Chicago White Sox that have been building up their bullpen for the last couple of years. Despite the Yankee fans thinking that Aroldis Chapman fails far too often when it counts, he is third in baseball with 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Of course, stats mean nothing at the moment; everything depends on that next pitch.

But looking at the New York Yankee bullpen, there are some surprising stats. As I said, the closer Chapman has the best strikeouts per innings of any Yankees. Multi-talented Chad Green allows the fewest walks per nine innings. Chapman also has the lowest ERA (3.11), and the fewest home runs allowed. In pitchers that have pitched over 50 inning Jonathan Loaisiga has the lowest walk rate of any Yankee relief pitcher.

Regardless of the stats the New York Yankees would still like to see improvement especially considering this will be a 162 games season after the bullpen has only played in 60 games over the last almost two years. Thre is no question the the likes of Clarke Schmidt, Micheal King and Albert Abreu will play some part in added arms to the bullpen at some point in the season. But the bottom like is that the Yankees would still like to add  a pitcher with similar tools as the departed Tommy Kahnle. They will also hope that Adam Ottavino can refind his form.

Another option to get pitching help is to move the $9 million contract of Adam Ottavino off the books and use that money to acquire another pitcher. That would involve a trade and they Yankees might have to share in some of his salary to make a trade possible, because after two subpar seasons any club willing to take him would have to believe he could return to being one of the best relievers in baseball.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida on February 15, and the position players on February 21st. So the Yankees have plenty of time to engage with the bevy of free agent pitchers and to decide what trades make sense for the Yankees.

It’ also worth noting the position on the list of best bullpens for the other teams withing the Yankee division.  The Toronto Blue Jays are number 19, the Boston Red Sox are #16, the Baltimore Orioles are #18, and the Tampa Bay Rays are number 5 on the list. Also of note the Houston Astros are number 20.

 

 

 

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Teammates talk the need for DJ LeMahieu

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

The New York Yankees have made it a priority to re-sign batting champ DJ LeMahieu, but more than two months into the offseason and the Yankees and DJ have not been able to strike a deal. The Yankees would like a deal that gives LeMahieu three years with the Yankees and $75 million for his bank account. LeMahieu wants more security than that, requesting five years and $110 million or more, according to Joel Sherman.

Recently LeMahieu has reported his frustration with the Yankees and how they have dealt with his contract demands. He has suggested that the Wasserman group, his agents, re-engage with the other teams that have shown an interest in the star player. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, the Toronto Blue Jays, and even the crosstown New York Mets have expressed varying interest levels in the 2020 batting champ.

The New York Yankee front office and even his fellow teammates have been relatively quiet on the negotiations. But that is changing now, with several players expressing that the Yankees should get the deal done because the team needs his bat in the lineup and defensive skills. Earlier Clint Frazier pointed out the need to resign him. Chad Green has chimed in, wondering what’s going on.

“I personally haven’t texted him, but I’ve definitely texted guys who are really close to him and have been like, ‘OK, what’s the deal with DJ? Are we signing him back or what’s going on?’

“So, I personally, I’m just going to leave him alone. But I’ve definitely asked some other guys what’s going on. I think the other guys have said too, they’ve just kind of left him alone about it and let him make the best decision for himself.”

Now first baseman and 2020 home run leader Luke Voit is sending a clear message to Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner when he spoke with NBC’s Bruce Beck on Tuesday.

“We need him, I think he’s the best hitter in baseball. I’m literally sitting next to a printer right now and it makes me think of DJ because he’s a freaking machine. We need him! I think DJ deserves a lot and I know he wants to be a Yankee,” Voit said. “But I’m sure there’s 4 or 5 other teams that would love to have him too.”

Many fans and probably the New York Yankee front office thought it would be difficult for LeMahieu to repeat his stellar 2019 season, but he did and did it with even better results. The 32-year old second baseman slashed .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs and a 177 wRC+ in 2020, winning a Silver Slugger Award and the best batting average title, besting his 2019 and showing the Yankees that he still has a lot in the tank.

Yankee players seldom speak out on these kinds of issues, but it’s becoming more and more obvious with each day that passes, and the stalemate continues that the players like the fans are just as frustrated as LeMahieu. It appears that LeMahieu because he wants to stay in New York, would take less money than other teams might offer if the Yankees would give him the five years of security that he wants. The Yankees should get it done before another team offers him something he can’t refuse.

 

 

 

New York Yankees: Chad Green is wondering what’s going on with DJ LeMahieu’s negotiations

New York Yankees, Chad Green

The New York Yankees want to retain free agent DJ LeMahieu. Their general manager, Brian Cashman, has gone on the record saying that it remains the team’s top priority this offseason. However, so far, there hasn’t been much progress in talks and the infielder is reportedly getting frustrated, telling his agents to engage with other teams that offer something closer to what he wants: five years and more than $110 million.

Fans are definitely puzzled that they haven’t been able to come to terms. Now, fellow players are starting to get worried, too. After all, LeMahieu was the Yankees’ leading contributor in fWAR the last two seasons.

The 32-year old infielder slashed .364/.421/.590 with 10 home runs and a 177 wRC+ in 2020, winning the batting average title in the process.

The Yankees players are respecting his privacy

New York Yankees reliever Chad Green talked on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel with Jon Morosi and Ryan Spilborghs on Tuesday, and said that he has given his teammate space and hasn’t asked about his future, but he is, no doubt, curious.

“I personally haven’t texted him, but I’ve definitely texted guys who are really close to him and have been like, ‘OK, what’s the deal with DJ? Are we signing him back or what’s going on?’

“So, I personally, I’m just going to leave him alone. But I’ve definitely asked some other guys what’s going on. I think the other guys have said too, they’ve just kind of left him alone about it and let him make the best decision for himself.”

LeMahieu’ season with the Yankees earned him the third place in the American League MVP voting process, just behind winner Jose Abreu and Jose Ramirez.

On Sunday, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported that LeMahieu has become “dismayed” with the Yankees’ approach towards his free agency.

New York Yankees Postseason Recap: Yankees bounce back with 5-1 win, evening the series (video)

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

Last night in San Diego, the New York Yankees facing elimination in the ALDS, bounced back with a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The got reliable pitching from Jordan Montgomery, Chad Green, and Zack Britton. Aroldis Chapman closed it out for the Yankees, and the win was accompanied by a few home runs.

The Yankees won the ALDS’s first game at Petco Park against the Rays but then lost two games in a row when pitching and hitting both failed. In game one, Gerrit Cole didn’t have his best stuff but held back the Rays for the 9-3 Yankee win.  In-game two, and attempt to have an opener game backfired. Deivi Garcia started the game giving up one run and was replaced by J.A. Happ, who didn’t have it giving up four runs for the eventual 7-5 loss.  On Wednesday night Masahiro Tanaka failed miserably in the Yankee 8-4 when the bullpen doubled the damage.

In both of the New York Yankees losses, the big bats were relatively silent, and hitters left the player on base, contributing to the losses. The only Yankee player that was hot, was Giancarlo Stanton, who hit two homers in the first loss and a two-run long ball in the second loss.  That all changed last night Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres both hit home runs.

Jordan Montgomery started the night out by throwing only eight pitches in the first inning and striking out the incredibly hot Randy Arozarena. Ryan Thompson, the Tampa Bay Rays starter, matched Montgomery in the bottom of the frame by striking out he equally hot Giancarlo Stanton. Montgomery got through the first two innings throwing only 19 pitches.

At the bottom of the second inning, the Yankees erupted for two runs. Luke Voit first struck by hitting a solo shot, for his first home run of the postseason. Voit was the regular-season home run leader in all of baseball. DJ LeMahieu delivered a sac fly driving in Brett Gardner for the second run of the inning. At the top of the third inning, “Monty gave up a walk, and Brandon Lowe got an RBI, as the Rays scored a run. The game then remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning.

Montgomery went four innings giving up just the one run while striking out four Rays. Chad Green came in in relief and pitched two shut out innings. He was replaced by Zack Britton who pitched 1.2 innings, striking out three.  At the bottom of the sixth with Brett Gardner on, Gleyber Torres stepped to the plate and homered into the fourth deck of the Western Metal Supply Company that Petco Park is built around. Yankees 4 and the Rays 1. The final run of the game for the Yankees was scored by Torres when catcher Kyle Higashioka drove him in the bottom of the eighth. Aroldis Chapman closed it out for the Yankees throwing fastballs at 101 mph.

The winner was Chad Green, the loser Ryan Thompson and Chapman got the save. The New York Yankee win saved them from elimination and forced a winner take all game tonight at Petco Park. The Yankees will send out ace Gerrit Cole on three days rest, and the Tampa Bay Rays will, on only two days rest, send Yankee killer Tyler Glasnow to the mound.  It is doubtful either starter will go very deep into the game, and the bullpens of both teams may decide the 2020 ALDS.

 

 

New York Yankees: These two bullpen arms are crucial to the team’s success

New York Yankees, Chad Green

Everybody knows that, for a few years now, the New York Yankees have prioritized a super-bullpen, one that is clearly above the rest. They like to shorten games for opposing teams, sending one strong reliever after another in order to shut them down. Quite frankly, that hasn’t been the case this shortened season.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, the New York Yankees’ bullpen has been quite mediocre this season, with a 4.54 ERA. That number is just enough to rank the club in the ninth spot out of 15 American League teams, far from the super units the Bombers had in 2018 and 2019.

We know that Aroldis Chapman is an elite reliever and, save from a few hiccups when he was thrown into the fire after recovering from a positive COVID-19 test, has pitched as such. He has a 3.09 ERA and a 2.93 FIP in 11.2 innings, with a 48.9 K% and an 8.9 BB%.

Zack Britton is the other surefire candidate to keep opposing batters at bay in the late innings. The lefty groundball specialist had a 1.89 ERA and a 2.61 FIP in 19.0 regular season frames. He filled in admirably for Chapman as the closer in the early going.

The Yankees need Ottavino and Green to bring their A-game

However, if the Yankees want to shorten games for their rivals, they need Adam Ottavino and Chad Green to perform to the top of their respective abilities.

Green finished with a good 3.51 ERA in 25.1 innings. He was his usual dominant self, with a 32.0 K%. However, the fact that he allowed four homers in a span of two outings and two frames reminded us that he can be very prone to the long ball. He made adjustments and pitched well down the stretch, and for the Yankees to get past the Indians, they will need Green at his best.

The same goes to Adam Ottavino. The righty of the $9 million-per-year contract had a 5.89 ERA in the regular season. That is not going to cut it, but he is a very talented hurler capable of much more. His 3.52 FIP also tells us another story.

The Yankees have other useful arms in Jonathan Loaisiga, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Holder, and more. But the X-factors in the bullpen will be Ottavino and Green.

Yankees relievers discuss struggles; Ottavino and Green generate only one swing-and-miss in 58 pitches on Monday

New York Yankees, Adam Ottavino

By now, the struggles of the Yankees‘ bullpen have been well-documented. A few days ago, we discussed the subject that the unit wasn’t elite by any means. And that was before a depressing series of games in which the relief corps just haven’t been able to come through performance-wise.

Last night, against a direct rival no less, the unit was once again tasked with the responsibility of getting 12 outs to lead the Yankees to victory vs. the up-and-coming Toronto Blue Jays. It’s fair to say that the relievers didn’t deliver.

Chad Green and Adam Ottavino could only get one out in what turned out to be a 10-run inning for the Blue Jays. A total of 13 foes went to bat in that half-inning, which last almost 45 minutes.

“I’ve never had an inning quite like that before,” Ottavino said according to MLB.com. “It’s the worst feeling in the world. You let your team down. It hurts a lot.”

The Yankees could miss the postseason

The Yankees are now 21-20 and in danger of missing the playoffs.

“We’re going through a lot collectively right now,” Boone said. “We’ve got to find a way to continue to lean on each other and pick each other up. We trust that the work we’re doing behind the scenes will start paying off for us.”

Green incurred in a rare walks spree, including the first hitter of the inning. “The leadoff walk came back to kill us,” he said. “Once we have a four-run lead late in the game like that, we expect to win those games. For whatever reason, we’re not getting it done right now.”

Ottavino’s performance was downright awful. He faced six hitters and couldn’t retire a single one of them.
Between the two Yankees’ relievers, they generated only one swing and miss in 58 pitches thrown, which Ottavino found “bizarre.”

“We’re both above-average swing-and-miss pitchers,” Ottavino said. “It’s an indication that either my stuff wasn’t good, my location wasn’t good or that they had something on me – they had a great approach or knew what was coming. I don’t have any of those answers right now. All I know is that I didn’t get it done.”

The New York Yankees: When It Rains, It Pours

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

2020 was supposed to be the year that the New York Yankees took back their spot at the top of the mountain. They finally had the missing piece (Gerrit Cole) to winning a championship. They had the lineup, the pitching staff, and the bullpen.

The Yankees seemingly had everything you needed to win a championship. All they needed to do was stay healthy and play to their talent level. Well, with just a few weeks left in the season, neither one of those things has happened.

The Yankees have been dealt devastating injuries, and the players who have played haven’t played well outside of a couple exceptions. A team that seemed to be a World Series favorite, is now just 1.5 games ahead for the last playoff spot in the AL.

Keep in mind that the only reason the Yankees would make the playoffs is the COVID playoff expansion. If it wasn’t for that, the Yankees would pick up their ball and go home in a few weeks.

The Yankees crushing defeat

Last night, the Yankees hit a new low. Recently, the Yankees were surpassed by the Toronto Blue Jays for second place in the division. The majority of their remaining games come against Toronto.

The Yankees have struggled mightily over the last few weeks entering last night 5-13 in their previous 18 games. The Yankees came out of the gates hot with a couple of home runs. They took a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning.

The Yankees had it setup perfectly for their best bullpen arms to close it out. You had a feeling that this could be the game that turns it around. However, the Blue Jays scored an astonishing ten runs in one inning to deal a knockout blow to the bombers.

I couldn’t hardly believe what I was watching. The Blue Jays scored ten runs off Chad Green and Adam Ottavino before the Yankees recorded two outs. There is horrific performances, then there’s what we witnessed last night.

Granted, the blame cannot go completely to the Yankees relievers. With the bases loaded, Luke Voit got a ground ball right to him which would have recorded the second out of the inning. He booted the ball, and the onslaught continued. The Yankees lost the game 12-7.

Where to go from here

Just when you think it can’t get worse for the Yankees, it does. When they get great outings from their pitchers, the offense can’t generate more than a run or two. Whenever their offense gives them a lead, the bullpen can’t hold it.

At this point, I’m not even sure I would feel comfortable if the Yankees were winning a game 10-0. That’s how bad it has truly become. This team can turn it around, but I’m not sure anyone believes that they will at this point.

There has to be some heat on Brian Cashman. The Yankees were spiraling out of control last week and Cashman did nothing at the deadline. No reinforcements for the bombers, just praying they get better.

Unfortunately for Cashman, not only have the problems continued, they’ve become worse. If the boss were still alive and running the team, I would not want to be anyone in the Yankees organization. I’m not sure what the answer is, but it’s truly dark times in the Bronx.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankee bullpen fails and loses both games of a doubleheader to the Mets

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

For the New York Yankees, it just wasn’t their day, they lost both games that they were leading in when the bullpen failed to hold the lead. The Yankees have now lost their last seven games in a row. In a regular-season, that’s the equivalent of a 19 game losing streak. The Yankees have not had a seven-game losing streak since 2017 when Joe Girardi was leading the team.  The Yankees are now four games behind the Rays and have slipped to third place in the East Division. All this on a day that all of baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.

In game one the Yankees got off to an early 4-0 lead. Yankee pitcher Jordan Montgomery pitched a masterful five innings allowing only one run, but in the sixth, he allowed two runners on base. Manager Aaron Boone took Montgomery out and replaced him with Yankee reliever Chad Green, who had previously pitched 12.2 innings of scoreless ball.  In an unbelievable turn of events, Green gave up 3 home runs for 4 Met runs, in one inning.

The final score in the first game was 6-4 with the New York Mets scoring six unanswered runs in the game. Chad Green took the loss.  Lockett got the win for the Mets, and Diaz got the save.

The bad luck didn’t end in game one, In game two the Yankees had the lead through six and a half innings.  The second game was a home game for the Mets at the Stadium.  At the bottom of the seventh inning, with the Mets backs up against the wall, Aroldis Chapman took the mound to close it out for the Yankees.  Chapman did not have it, and threw seven fastballs, five of which were out of the zone.   To set it up, McNeil hit a single. The Mets sent in Billy Hamilton into pinch run. Hamilton stole second.  Aroldis Chapman threw a slider to  Amed Rosario and Rosario homered to left, and it was game over. Mets 4 Yankees 3, for the second Yankee loss of the day. Chapman took the loss, and Hughes got the win for the Mets.

With seven losses in a row, it isn’t necessary to say that the Yankees are playing horribly. If the pitching is good, the bullpen isn’t.  If pitching is good the lineup is unproductive.  In the last seven games, the Yankees have only scored 22 runs, that just over 3 runs per game, while the Yankee pitching has allowed 37 runs in the last seven games.

The pitching problem of the Yankees is well known, what isn’t expected is that the bullpen, lacking Tommy Kahnle, and Zack Britton, just isn’t getting the job done.  The Yankees minus key players put forth a lineup in game one with six players batting at .185 or less. One of the biggest problems is Gary Sanchez.  His batting average is just .139. He is totally unproductive in the three-hole.  Twice in game one, once with the bases loaded and once with two on, he struck out both times.  Right now Sanchez is swinging at everything no matter how far out of the zone the balls are.

Almost every day the New York Yankees can not escape more bad news.  With Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, DJ, LeMahieu, and Gleyber Torres on the IL, now Gio Urshela has been reported to have bone spurs and is listed as day to day.

The New York Yankees will again try to turn it around tomorrow when J.A. Happ takes the mound in a matinee game at the Stadium.  Happ has pitched poorly this season with an ERA north of 6.  However, in his last outing, he pitched six solid innings, giving the Yankees hope that he can pitch well tomorrow and stop the Yankees slide.

 

New York Yankees: Good news and bad news following awful first game loss against Mets

New York Yankees, Chad Green

The New York Yankees dominated the first half of game one in a doubleheader against the New York Mets on Friday afternoon. After taking a 4-0 lead in the second inning, the Mets quietly rallied and took a 6-4 lead in the 6th inning when relief pitcher Chad Green blew a potential save.

Entering the series on a five-game losing streak, the Yankees desperately needed to start off with a victory. Utilizing a band of misfits toys as their lineup, most weren’t confident that the Yankees could pull off a win. Those people would’ve been correct, despite a fantastic outing by starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery.

FINAL SCORE: 6-4

New York Yankees bad news and good news:

GOOD NEWS:

The offense for the Yankees wasn’t necessarily their problem against the Mets in game-one. Leadoff hitter Luke Voit went 3-for-4 with two runs. In the two-hole, Clint Frazier was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a walk. However, behind them the offense fell off significantly. The only other Yankees who managed to get hits were Brett Gardner, Mike Ford, and Estevan Florial. They collectively had 10 strikeouts, further proving that the reserves aren’t as gritty as previously thought. Interestingly, the Yankees sat Mike Tauchman to give him rest going into the second game of the doubleheader.

Frazier was the most impressive aspect of the Yankees on offense, but Montgomery was fantastic as a starter for the first few innings of the game.

Before giving one run up in the fifth inning, he had struck out six batters and allowed just four hits.

BAD NEWS:

The bad news was predominantly in the latter half of the batting order. From Miguel Andujar down to Tyler Wade, they only recorded one hit and struck out six times. Their lack of efficiency significantly hurt the Yankees’ chance at pulling out a win. In addition, relief pitcher Chad Green gave up five runs in one inning. Those five runs came off three separate homers.

The Yankees’ pitching continues to degrade and sparks more suggestions that they should be active during the trade deadline on August 31. General manager Brian Cashman is undoubtedly looking at his options and considering what to do.

There’s also suspect that DH Luke Voit came up gimpy after running to first base. An injury to Voit would significantly restrict the Yankees from surviving the next few days.

They desperately need DJ LeMahieu to return to the lineup. Slugger Aaron Judge is back on the injured list and will be out for multiple weeks. Starting shortstop Gleyber Torres will also be missing 3-6 weeks with hamstring and quad issues.