Voit’s Two Home Runs Lead New York Yankees Past Angels

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

Luke Voit had two solo home runs to extend his hitting streak to 10 games and his on-base streak to 34 games as the New York Yankees took down the Angels 7-5.

Milestones for the young fellas

Mike Ford and Thairo Estrada each had milestones at the plate on Tuesday.

Ford hit his first career home run in the fifth, over the high wall in right-center at Angel Stadium. Estrada collected the first two hits of his career, going 2-for-4.

Despite no RBI’s, Brett Gardner went off for a huge four hit night. His first hit came in the third inning, a triple to right-center. In the fifth, he singled to left before doubling to left-center in the seventh. In his final at-bat, he was just a home run away from the cycle, but instead singled for a second time.

Gleyber Torres also added two hits and an RBI, and Mike Tauchman and Tyler Wade each had a hit.

Green needs to go

Chad Green is struggling. A lot.

He managed to load the bases, then proceeded to give up a grand slam on a change-up right down the middle to Justin Bour. His ERA is now 16.43. Green needs to work out his problems in AAA, because he keeps getting put in low-leverage situations then quickly makes them high-leverage situations b y giving up runs. He continues to have an inability of getting outs.

Luis Cessa relieved Green and pitched the remainder of the eighth scoreless, and Zack Britton pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the year.

Chad Green came in for German, after he pitched 6 and 2/3 great innings.

He gave up just four hits and walked one, giving up a lone run. He threw 99 pitches and struck out five, throwing first pitch strikes to 14 of the 25 batters he faced.

German got nine swings and misses, and worked seven ground-balls and eight fly-balls. The young right-hander picked up his fourth win of the season, and sits near the top of the American League in ERA at 1.75.

Jonathan Loaisiga was brought up Monday night and was expected to start Tuesday, but was pushed back and will start on Wednesday.  Felix Pena will likely start for the Angels. Game time is at 10:05PM (ET) on MLB Network, YES, and Fox Sports Go.

 

Austin Romine Saves The New York Yankees From A Devastating Loss

After the New York Yankees surrendered a 5-0 lead in the eighth, Austin Romine brought out the heroics. He hit a hard ground-ball that just got through the left side to tie it up in the bottom of the inning. After zeros in the ninth for both sides, we went to extras. Zack Britton pitched a scoreless inning in the top half of the tenth, before Romine walked it off with a gapper to right-center.

Green and Ottavino ruined Paxton’s game

James Paxton was fantastic yet again. Over six innings, he allowed just three hits with no runs scoring, striking out 12. He was the 11th pitcher all-time to punch-out 12 in consecutive scoreless appearances (per Yankees PR).

Paxton had a whopping 20 swing-and-misses, the second straight start he did that. He also threw 15 first pitch strikes to 22 batters.

But, the bullpen had no plans of continuing that success. This is a classic example of Murphy’s law; what could go wrong did go wrong.

Chad Green came in relief, and it took him just 12 pitches to load the bases with two singles and a walk.

Green was pulled immediately, and Adam Ottavino came in. This is where it got ugly.

They say that bases loaded with nobody out is the worst possible scenario for a reliever. And this time, it did not go well for Ottavino.

Adalberto Mondesi knocked in two on a double, right before Alex Gordon smacked a three-run home run. This tied the game up at five, for about thirty seconds. Hunter Dozier hit a solo home run on the very next pitch, making it 6-5 Kansas City.

And magically, the Yankees pulled it out with the help of Romine.

Clint Frazier needs to chill

Clint Frazier can’t stop and won’t stop mashing. This dude murdered one over the visiting bullpen in the fifth inning for a three-run shot.

The Yankees also got a run in the first and the second. DJ LeMahieu scored on a wild pitch after a lead-off double in the first, and Romine knocked in the other run in the second.

Overall, the Yankees are incredibly lucky to have won this ballgame. Every sign pointed towards them losing after the eighth, but they proved their resilience. They are also lucky to have a guy like Austin Romine as the back-up catcher. He is definitely good enough to have a starting job on a big-league club, but the Yankees want him and he wants the Yankees.

The Yankees now trek way west to Anaheim to take on the Angels on Monday with a 10:05PM (ET) start. JA Happ gets the ball for the Yankees against old cross-town rival Matt Harvey, now on the Angeles after being dumped by the Mets and not resigned by the Reds.

New York Yankees: Clint Frazier With Another Nice Game But Yanks Fall to Royals

New York Yankee’s left fielder Clint Frazier had a solid two hit game, but didn’t get much support from his teammates as the Yankees fell 5-1 to the Royals.

Frazier was the only bright spot on offense

The Yankees had just four hits on the evening, and Frazier accounted for two of them. He singled in the fourth and the ninth.

The other two hits came from Aaron Judge and Luke Voit. Voit’s average isn’t climbing too fast, mainly because he is consistently getting one hit a game, no more and no less. His average currently sits at .219. He’s reached safely in every game this season, with an OBP of .342.

Gleyber Torres was responsible for driving in the Yankee’s lone run on a sacrifice fly in the first.

Mike Ford made his MLB debut on Thursday, batting seventh as the DH. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, and a fly-out in his first at-bat.

Another good start for German

Domingo German continued to impress on Thursday over six strong. He allowed three runs, and struck out nine. He’s beginning to trust his stuff more, and that’s why he’s been so much better than last year. He gave up two home runs, which is slightly concerning, but still got more ground-outs (five) than fly-outs (four).

Jonathan Holder came in to relieve German, and got hammered. He gave up two runs and only got one out before Britton had to clean-up his mess.

He gave up two hits, but Chad Green managed to (barely) work a scoreless inning, ones that haven’t been to frequent for him so far this year.

Joe Harvey came in the ninth, and gave up the first run of his MLB career. It wouldn’t matter, as the Yankee’s put up another zero in the bottom of the inning to end the game.

Game two of the series begins on Friday at 7:05PM on YES and Fox Sports Go. CC Sabathia gets the ball for the Yankees against Jake Junis of the Royals. Junis was the pitcher that hit Judge last year, putting him on the then called disabled list.

New York Yankees: Tanaka Allows Fourth Inning Grand Slam as Yankees fall to White Sox

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

After Masahiro Tanaka allowed a double and two walks, the New York Yankees’ Japanese righty gave up a grand slam to White Sox shortstop Tim Beckham. The Yankees couldn’t recover from it, losing yet another series to a poor team.

A good start turned bad quick

Masahiro Tanaka started off his fourth start of the season pretty well, but it changed quickly with the grand slam. He allowed just one hit through the first three innings.

To start the fourth, Yoan Moncada hit one to Aaron Judge for a single, but Judge threw him out at second with ease as Moncada tried to test him. But right after, Jose Abreu doubled and two straight walks to Yonder Alonso and Eloy Jimenez set up Anderson for his grand slam.

In the fifth, a single, double, and a walk by Tanaka loaded the bases again. That was enough for Boone to pull him, putting Luis Cessa in. He allowed a sacrifice fly that scored a run, but got out of it without further damage.

In 4+ innings, Tanaka allowed five runs, seven hits, and struck out six but walked three. His ERA rose to 3.22.

Cessa pitched 1 and 1/3 scoreless innings to his name, then Kahnle came in for the final two outs of the sixth. Adam Ottavino, Joe Harvey, and Chad Green followed with scoreless innings.

Terrible offense

The Yankee offense scored two runs on Sunday, and those didn’t even come easy. They had just four hits.

Luke Voit started it early with an RBI double in the first, and Aaron Judge had an RBI single in the third. That was it.

The four hits came from Judge, Voit, Torres, and Urshela who each had one. Giovanny Urshela is showing he belongs on the Yankee roster, showing off his glove whilst batting .313 so far.

After a day off on Monday, the Yankees begin a two game series with our good friends from Boston. Game one begins on Tuesday at 6:35PM on YES Network and FOX Sports Go. James Paxton gets the ball for the Yankees against Chris Sale for the Red Sox.

 

New York Yankees Lose to White Sox 9-6 in Rain-Shortened Game

New York Yankees, J.A. Happ

The New York Yankees pitching staff gave up 12 hits and nine runs in a game only played through the top of the seventh, and called because of rain. In contrast, the Yankees had seven hits and scored six runs in six innings of at-bats, and lost to the White Sox 9-6.

Happ continues to struggle

JA Happ was hit hard for his third straight time to open the 2019 campaign. On Friday, he gave up nine hits and six runs while walking two and striking out five in just four innings of work.

Happ gave up an RBI single in the first, then worked out of trouble in the second and third.

In the fourth, he gave up a two run double to Leury Garcia to cut the Yankee lead down to one.

After a run in the bottom of the inning for the Yankees, Happ gave it all back when he served up a fastball down the middle for Yonder Alonso to put it in the short porch in right. This tied it up at five.

The next batter that came in was Joan Moncada, and he singled to pull Happ out of the game. Jonathan Holder came right in and gave up a two run home run to Eloy Jimenez. The home run was the first of his career.

The next time Jimenez was up, it was against Chad Green, but the result was no different. A home run to deep center, and then James McCann hit one to right to make it back-to-back jacks for the White Sox.

Friday’s game was called just after the two home runs.

Happ’s poor start raises his ERA up to 8.76, and raises struggling Chad Green’s to 11.81.

The offense was there

Despite the fact that the Yankees lost by three, their offense was pretty good, especially with three less innings of at-bats.

The Yankees started strong by putting up two in the first and the second off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. In the first, DJ LeMahieu drove in two with an RBI single to right. An inning later, Austin Romine hit an RBI single and Aaron Judge lined one to right, good enough to score Giovanny Urshela.

Come the fourth, it was a Gardy Party as Brett Gardner mashed a two out fastball to right for a solo-shot.

To score the final Yankee run, Urshela had an RBI single to drive in LeMahieu in the sixth.

The Yankees will continue to look for guys to step up on offense, especially with Gary Sanchez now on the IL.

Game two of the series will begin on Saturday at 1:05PM on YES Network, Fox Sports Go, and ESPN+. CC Sabathia gets the ball for his first start of his final season, and former Yankee Ivan Nova gets the ball for Chicago.

New York Yankees: Pitching is Kryptonite So Far

New York Yankees, Aroldis Chapman

The New York Yankees are definitely not off to their best start, as they sit 5-7 with a nine game homestand approaching. The Yankees are down just one reliever, but their all-star caliber bullpen has been awful so far.

3.97

That’s the current Yankee bullpen ERA. That’s about two earned runs per nine innings too high. With four all-star level pitchers healthy in Chad Green, Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman, Ottavino has been the only one with success, an ERA of 1.29 in seven innings pitched.

Chad Green is the most worrisome of the four. His ERA is at nine and has already been charged with two losses, including one against Houston.

Zack Britton has an ERA reaching towards five and has a loss too. Chapman is at 3.60, with his velocity still down a bit, but is expected to increase. His accuracy has improved from last year, only issuing one walk in five innings. His K/9 rate is still sky high at almost 13, which is obviously a good sign.

Though not one of their best relievers, Jonathan Holder has struggled, too, with an ERA of 5.40. He is a key guy in their bullpen, normally used in high-leverage situations in middle innings or extra innings.

The only real positive out of the bullpen so far is that Luis Cessa is pitching well. The Yankees are hoping this continues for him and the team. Remember, he is out of options so for him to go to AAA he must clear waivers.

Happ’s ready to bounce back

After a poor start on Wednesday by James Paxton, his ERA dropped to 6.00. Following him in the rotation is another starter whos’ ERA is in the sixes: JA Happ.

In two games, Happ is 0-1 and has pitched just eight and a third innings. This could potentially cause bullpen problems due to them having to pitch more than they should.

Last time out, he gave up five hits and two runs to the Orioles in a personal no decision, but a win for the team.

Friday against the White Sox would be the perfect time to get back on track and put one in his win column, as well as the team’s.

 

New York Yankees: Chad Green Struggles as The Yankees Lose 6-3

New York Yankees reliever Chad Green gave up three runs in the eighth inning as the Yankees lost to the Astros 6-3. The sad part is that they led 3-2, blowing their second lead in as many days.

Bullpen struggles

In five pitched innings on Tuesday, the Yankee bullpen gave up three runs off seven hits. Jonathan Loaisiga only pitched three innings, giving up two runs. He was removed due to throwing 71 pitches in the three innings.

Steven Tarpley relieved Loaisiga and gave up a hit, but threw just nine pitches in the scoreless inning. Luis Cessa got five outs without a score, before the ball was turned over to Jonathan Holder.

With the Yankees up 3-2, Holder gave up a double to new Astro Michael Brantley before being pulled. After, Chad Green came in and got hammered in the eighth, giving up three runs and the Astros took a 6-3 lead.

Again, the Yankees couldn’t recover and went down 1-2-3 in the ninth

Sanchez keeps cookin’

Gary Sanchez kept up his strong play on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 and knocking in two runs on a sixth inning double to put the Yankees up 3-2. His other hit was a single that beat the shift, as the Astros placed three men on the left side.

Luke Voit was responsible for the other run, mashing a solo home run to center field in the first. That was his only hit in four at-bats.

Aaron Judge and Austin Romine were each responsible for a base hit.

Red hot Clint Frazier went hitless on Tuesday night. Not just that, he had a few problems in the field. He dropped a ball on a diving catch attempt, then misplayed a ball a little later.

Brett Gardner also went hitless on Tuesday including being doubled up on a bunt attempt that he didn’t run out. This killed a rally with runners on first and second early in the game.

The Yankees try to salvage the series with the Astros on Wednesday before returning home. Gametime is at 7:40PM (ET) on YES Network and FOX Sports Go. James Paxton gets the ball for the Yankees against Collin McHugh of the Astros.

 

New York Yankees: Clint Frazier’s Late Homer Powers Yankees to Win Over Orioles

Clint Frazier may not have started the game, but he sure helped end it for the New York Yankees. Pinch-hitting for Mike Tauchman in the sixth, Frazier struck out but would remain in the game with him being the only outfielder off the bench. In the eighth inning with two on, Frazier bashed a 2-2 slider to left field with no doubt, giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead that would hold for a win.

The Judge with two verdicts

Yankee slugger Aaron Judge finally got on the board with two home runs on Saturday, both to center field.

On his first home run, he swung at a 2-2 fastball that got too much of the zone for a solo shot, putting the Yankees up 1-0 in the first inning.

In the third inning, he put a full-count slider over the wall that was a bit too high in the zone for Oriole pitcher Dylan Bundy. Bundy lasted just 3 2/3 innings.

Aaron Judge’s two home runs and Frazier’s home run accounted for all six Yankee runs.

Happ and Holder struggled

JA Happ didn’t have a great outing in a rematch against the Orioles, and Jonathan Holder sorta made a mess in relief.

Happ pitched just 4 1/3 innings while allowing five hits and two runs while issuing two walks and punching out five. The lefty threw 88 pitches, and had trouble keeping the ball out of the air. He got six fly balls compared to two ground balls. However, Happ gave 12 of his 20 batters he faced a first pitch strike.

Holder was quite wild in relief of Happ. He only had one first pitch strike against eight batters. After a clean start, Holder hit Cedric Mullins with a pitch and allowed Jonathan Villar to single in the seventh inning.

A fielders choice hit by Chris Davis and a sacrifice fly by Rio Ruiz scored those runs. It seemed that Aaron Boone tried to stretch Holder too far. (Side note: Davis hasn’t gotten a hit in 40 consecutive at-bats)

Ottavino came in after for five outs, and despite only one strikeout he got the job done. It took Chad Green 16 pitches to get the final out of the eighth after an error by DJ LeMahieu.

Aroldis Chapman came in and got the save in the ninth. He looked good, but he isn’t quite at his 100-102 MPH fastball. He was maxing out at about 97 MPH.

The Yankees and the Orioles conclude their series on Sunday at 1:05PM. Domingo German will get the ball for the Yankees against the Orioles’ David Hess. The game will be on YES Network, Fox Sports Go, ESPN+, and out of market on MASN.

 

The New York Yankees Beat The Tigers as Gardner and Sanchez Homer

New York Yankees, Gary Sanchez

In a low scoring affair, New York Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German threw five solid innings and Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner each hit solo home runs to beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 3-1.

Seven combined hits

The Tigers and the Yankees combined for just seven hits all game, and just two came from the Tigers. Both of them happened to come off the bat of Jordy Mercer, who went 2-of-4.

The Yankees had five hits, two of which left the yard. Sanchez and Gardner each had solo shots, and Gardner also added a single in the first.

Greg Bird had a single to left field, but Tigers outfielder Christin Stewart bobbled it and Luke Voit put the wheels on and scored from first after a walk in the third inning.

Judge doubled in the seventh inning, but was stranded there, unable to build on the lead.

Aroldis Chapman came in to lock it down in the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout to end it.

The Yankees four big relievers that are healthy right now pitched on Monday, and each did a great job. Chad Green, Zack Britton, Adam Ottavino, and Aroldis Chapman were each scoreless in one inning of work, and Britton was the only one that allowed a hit.

German did what was asked of him

Domingo German went out there on Monday with relatively low expectations, but pitched a solid game. In five innings, he only gave up a hit and a run, the run being charged on another Gary Sanchez throwing error. It did look like Gleyber Torres just missed the catch and Sanchez was just stuck with the error, so it’s not really his fault.

German only threw 77 pitches, but struck out seven while throwing first-pitch strikes 62 percent of the time. He got three of his seven strikeouts on curveballs, two of his seven on sliders, and two of his seven on fastballs. So basically, there was a lot that was working for German.

Though his pitches worked well, his accuracy and composure were poor. He walked five batters on Monday, and a 7:5 strikeout to walk ratio is really bad. He needs to keep practicing his accuracy and find more strategies with Gary Sanchez to get the ball to spots he can hit and the batters can’t.

Game two of the series against the Tigers continues on Tuesday at 6:35PM on YES Network and Fox Sports Go.

Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to make his second start of the season, while Jordan Zimmerman will do the same for Detroit. Zimmerman was dominant last time out against the Blue Jays, allowing just one hit in seven innings.

 

 

New York Yankees Reliever Chad Green Not Fooling Hitters

New York Yankees, Chad Green

At a pivotal point in the game on Saturday, the New York Yankees were down 2-1 to the Orioles, Chad Green entered the game and was not able to hold the Orioles scoreless.  In one inning of work, he gave up one run on one hit with only two strikeouts.  Brock Hammond of pinstripealley.com notes that Green threw just two off-speed pitches among his 18 offerings to Oriole hitters – proof, perhaps, that as good as Green’s fastball can be, hitters know what to expect from him and are getting hits a lot more often than they were back in ’17 when he was absolute lights out for the Yankees.

It is no secret, perhaps, to opposing teams that Green doesn’t rely on his secondary pitches to get hitters out.  In 2018, he relied on the fastball more than he had in 2017 with less success.  The exit velocity, barrel % and HR/9 rates all went up, according to Hammond, and in the case of HR/9, doubled in ’18.

Chad Green relies on his primary pitch to get batters out:

In 2018, Green used a slider as his go-to secondary pitch which resulted in hitters batting over .400 and slugging .655 off of it.  Late last season, he brought back his splitter as a change of pace, Hammond says of the splitter:

“That’s a pretty solid pitch, and it’s no coincidence Green’s numbers improved when he started throwing it more last August. Developing trust and consistency with his secondary offerings is going to be key for him in 2019.”

However, already in his first game of the season, Green enters the game and relies almost exclusively on his fastball against Oriole hitters, and the result is disappointing.

The Yankees have also used Green in an opener role this spring and the result was the same, he allowed a run in one inning, only this time it was in the first inning.

It would appear that Chad Green needs a new approach to improve in 2018 and to succeed in 2019.

Whether his role out of the bullpen is as relief or as an opener, Green appears to be at a crux in his career, where he must adjust to hitters sitting on his fastball.  One of two things needs to happen, or maybe both, Green needs to rediscover the above-average spin rate and control that made him practically unhittable in ’17 and develop his secondary pitches, such as the splitter, to become out pitches.

Green is still an elite reliever in this league, but to achieve consistent results with his pitches, he will need to make some changes and soon.  The Yankees can ill afford to have Green give up runs, especially, in a game in which they are trailing 2-1.

Look for Green to make some adjustments this season with his pitch selection and for him to increase his use of his off speed pitches to keep hitters honest at the plate.