New York Yankees Recap: Domingo German lights out in Yankees win over the O’s

New York Yankees, Domingo German

Tonight the New York Yankees met up with the Baltimore Orioles in the third game of the four-game set. Domingo German was on the mound for the Yankees and Dean Kremer for the Baltimore Orioles. At game time, it was 84 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The O’s won the first game, and the Yankees won the second game 5-1.

DJ Lemahieu lead off the game by singling. Giancarlo Stanton hit into a double play for two outs in the inning. Gleyber Torres doubled to the far-right field. A wild ball allowed Torres to go to third base. Gio Urshela struck out, but two hits didn’t help the Yankees because they remained scoreless. At the bottom, Cedrick Mullins led off against Domingo German, and he flew out to center. Austin Hays ground out to short. Trey Mancini also ground out to Torres to end the inning scoreless.

Mike Ford lead off the second inning by homering into the first row of the left-field stands. Aaron Hicks flew out to the warning track in center field. Clint Frazier struck out swinging. Kyle Higashioka struck out swinging, but the Yankees picked up a run on Ford’s home run. At the bottom, Maikel Franco led off by grounding out to Urshela. DJ Stewart walked on four pitches. Pedro Severino popped out to Higgy in an incredible catch. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to Gardner in left. New York Yankees 1 O’s 0.

Brett Gardner led off the third inning and popped out to short. LeMahieu singled up the middle for his 80th multi-hit game that leads the majors. Giancarlo Stanton got a base hit that ate up the shortstop. Gleyber Torres had a blooper into no man’s land in center for a single driving in LeMahieu. Gio Urshela, with two on and one out, homered to left field for a three-run hit. Mike Ford struck out. Aaron Hicks lined out to short. Rio Ruiz led off the bottom by flying out to Frazier in left field. Valaika flew out. Mullins ground out to second for a 1-2-3 inning for Domingo German. New York Yankees 5 O’s 0.

Clint Frazier led off the fourth inning by singling to left. Higashioka singled, but Frazier was caught going to third by a mile. Gardner singled, but the O’s got the force at second for the second out. LeMahieu ground out to second. At the bottom, Hays ground out to second. Mancini struck out. Franco went down swinging for a no-hitter for German through four innings. Yankees 5 O’s 0.

Giancarlo Stanton led off the first inning with a single. Gleyber Torres that was 2 for 2, flew out to left field. Gio Urshela, who homered, singled beyond the shortstop. Shane Armstrong came in to replace Kremer. Mike Ford, with two on and no outs he walked. Aaron Hicks, with the bases loaded, had a sac fly driving in Stanton as the Yankees tacked on another run. With two out and two on, Clint Frazier popped out for the final out of the half. Stewart led off the bottom by flying out to Gardner. Severino went down looking. Mountcastle got the first base hit for the O’s. Ruiz ground out to second for five straight shutout innings for German. Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Higashioka popped out to third for the first out of the sixth inning. Brett Gardner struck out chasing. LeMahieu ground out to second to end the half. At the bottom, Pat Valaika went down on strikes. Mullins lofted to Hicks in center for out two. Hays ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for German, who only thrown 75 pitches through six innings of work. Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Giancarlo Stanton struck out against the new pitcher Tyler Wells to lead off the seventh inning. Torres flew out to right. Urshela flew out to center. Mancini led off the bottom of the seventh by singling to left. Franco went down looking. Stewart hit into a force for the second out of the inning. Severino singled to left, moving Stewart to second. Mountcastle struck out, looking for a great outing for Domingo German. New York Yankees 6 O’s 0.

Mike Ford led off the eighth by flying out to deep left-center. Aaron Hicks flew out to catcher. Severino had to run a long way to make the catch. Clint Frazier homered well into the left-field stands. Higashioka went down on strikes, but the Yankees got tacked on another run. At the bottom, Ruiz was up against Michael King and struck out. Valaika flew out to Gardner. Mullins ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for Michael King. Yankees 7 O’s 0.

Gardner ground out to start the top of the ninth. LeMahieu flew out to far-right. Stanton singled to go 3 for 5 in the game. Torres ground out to Ruiz to end the Yankee scoring in the game. With Last licks on the line for the Orioles Hays at the plate and King still on the mound, Hays struck out looking. Mancini singled to left. Franco hit into a double play to end the game. The final score was the New York Yankees 7 and the Orioles 0. The winning pitcher was Domingo German, and the loser was Dean Kremer.

 

Yankees’ outfielder Clint Frazier says his recent decrease in playing time has been ‘justified’

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

Clint Frazier has started the season with a cold streak at the plate. The New York Yankees’ left fielder took a major step forward last season, especially in the patience department, increasing his walk rate from 6.5% in 2019 to 15.6% last season. This year, it is at 17.2%, but it appears he is taking things to the extreme, embracing an approach that seems too passive at times.

Because he is slashing .146/.293/.188 with no homers and a 53 wRC+, the Yankees have been decreasing Frazier’s playing time lately. That is something the outfielder is not particularly happy about, but definitely understands.

“It’s not fun to not play but if I were to sit back and say that I deserve to be in there every single day based off what I’ve been doing at the plate, then I’d be wrong,” Frazier told the media after the Yankees lost on Sunday, per NJ Advance Media. “I think it’s justified. I haven’t given any production out there in left and if one person can’t, the next person gets the opportunity.”

The Yankees need Frazier to get going

Defensively, he has alternated excellent plays, like the diving catch in Sunday’s game, with others in which he hasn’t looked as good. And at the plate, he has managed to muster only two hits in his last 43 trips to the plate.

“I’ve been working really hard behind the scenes to get this going,” Frazier said. “I put in a lot of work during the game (Sunday) in the cage, literally went right from the batting cage into the batter’s box and I liked the results.”

The Yankees’ outfielder also said he thinks he is experiencing a “slight mechanical issue” in his swing.

“I have like 500 different batting stances, and they’ve all worked at one point in time, and the difficult part is I’ve never really settled into a stance,” Frazier said. “I’m a feel guy. The stuff that I was doing was not working. It was time for me to go back and look at the archives and see what I could do to get in my legs better and be able to get down on time. For me to be able to swing, the little hitch that I have in my swing, if it fires a little bit late then I have trouble connecting on pitches that I would normally have.”

Yankees’ Clint Frazier may be getting too passive at the plate

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

It’s not a secret that the New York Yankees have been struggling to get going in the batter’s box to start the season. Outfielder Clint Frazier has been one of the several Bombers in a prolonged slump: after Friday’s game, he was hitting .156.

On Friday against Cleveland, Frazier was 0-for-2, so results-wise, anything changed. But the Yankees’ left fielder did walk twice and was close to hitting a two-run shot, but was just short of clearing the wall.

Frazier struck that ball at 106 miles per hour and, according to Statcast, it had an expected batting average of .770.

For a player that has only one hit in his last 19 trips to the plate and owns a .483 OPS to open the campaign, any hard contact is a good sign. The well-struck ball and the two walks provide a glimpse of hope for the Yankees to get the best Frazier back at some point.

The Yankees would love to get 2020 Frazier back

Last year, Frazier hit .267 with eight homers, 26 RBI and a .905 OPS in 39 games. He was a revelation for the Yankees, but he still hasn’t gotten going in 2021.

Yankees’ hitting coach Marcus Thames spoke to the media before yesterday’s game, and discussed some of the team’s struggling stars.

When talking about Frazier, Thames said decision-making has been an issue.

“With Clint, he’s in between,” Thames said. “He’s got to get back on the fastball. I think he’s doing a little bit too much. … We’ve got to see him being a little bit more aggressive because he’s getting pitches to hit, but he just can’t pull the trigger. So, just keeping him positive. Just letting him know what guys are trying to do to him and he’s got to be committed to what his game plan is.”

The Yankees are eager to see Frazier snap out of his funk.

Yankees’ stars discuss club struggles and team meeting

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

With the 8-2 loss against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the New York Yankees fell to 5-8 on the 2021 season, and they are in last place not only in their own division, but also in the American League as a whole. The offense has been stagnant, the defense sloppy, and the starting pitching hasn’t been providing much length aside of Gerrit Cole.

The Yankees will, most likely, turn the corner at some point but it has been an ugly showing so far. Some of the team struggling stars such as Clint Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton talked to the media about the struggles.

Frazier acknowledged that Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone held a heated team meeting in which he talked in a different tone than his usually calm nature.

“He’s so chill that when he does address us the way that he does (when he’s upset), everyone should listen because he’s not the kind of guy that really gets that upset. So I think your ears perk up a little bit more. I think everyone’s going to come ready to go (Saturday), and maybe we needed Boonie to address us that way for it to happen.”

The Yankees’ offense has performed well below expectations

The Yankees are scoring less than four runs per game, at 3.85, which according to NJ Advance Media is the 13th ranked offense out of 15 American League teams.

“We’re going to be successful,” Boone said. “I have the utmost confidence in this roster, in this team. We just have to start playing better, period. Right now we just have to really focus on our individual crafts — me, our coaches — making sure we’re getting our guys ready to be the best they can and put them in a position to go out and let their talent take over.

“We’re making sure we’re paying attention to details when we show up each and every day. The results will follow. They’ll be there. We’re just going through a tough stretch right now.”

Giancarlo Stanton, who showed up in the Yankees’ box score on Friday by homering in his last at-bat, was also critical of the team’s play.

“We’re definitely underperforming,” Stanton said. “Definitely the offensive side, which is me a big part of. And some of the guys will tell you they haven’t played the way they’d like to, as well. We’ve got to pick it up.”

Yankees’ Aaron Boone already suggesting cutting back Clint Frazier’s playing time

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees have started off the 2021 season with unexpected struggles. Currently, they sit 5-7 on the season, an underwhelming record that displays issues they’re currently facing. With a lackluster offense and skeptical starting pitching, the Yankees have been unable to string together a few wins, losing two of three against the Toronto Blue Jays in their latest series.

Things don’t get easier over the weekend, as the Yankees will take on the Tampa Bay Rays at home. They will need all hands on deck to take down Tampa, who most recently won two out of a three-game series last week.

One of the more problematic players for the Yankees so far has been left fielder Clint Frazier, who was benched the last two games for his inadequate production. Over 30 at-bats, he has six hits and a .200 average. Skipper Aaron Boone went as far as to say that Brett Gardner would be getting plenty of playing time, indicating another rotation, despite giving the starting job to Frazier during spring training.

“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 Yankees need to side with consistently and not give up on their players:

Obviously, it is not the best sign for Frazier when his manager is already indicating he will see and reduced timeshare. However, Clint is one of those players that needs more at-bats and live-action to get into the groove. Unfortunately, his teammates aren’t picking up the slack, which is forcing Boone to make unorthodox changes to try and spark the offense.

“Obviously people have been asking me a lot about Frazier lately. The reality is he’s started nine of 12 games, I sat him two games in a row where I felt he was scuffling a bit and Gardy was on a good little run. I guess I understand the question, but let’s ask it a month or six weeks from now and see what the body of work looks like and the regularity works like.”

I have no doubt that as the season progresses, Frazier will take a bigger part, by struggles to start the campaign are certainly troublesome. Hopefully, he can work his way back into the lineup against Tampa.

New York Yankees: “Starting left fielder” Clint Frazier has spent a lot of time on the bench of late

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

Early on in Spring Training, New York Yankees‘ manager Aaron Boone was quick to name Clint Frazier as the starting left fielder this season. Boone has said countless times that Frazier earned the opportunity and that Brett Gardner would act as his backup.

However, just two weeks into the season, it already appears that Frazier’s role within the team is changing. Frazier’s sat four of the past seven games, albeit some struggles at the plate. Boone’s blamed this on wanting to get an extra lefty in the lineup when a right-hander pitches, which happens more frequently than left-handers pitching.

It’s funny that Boone would rather have Frazier sit against righties since his numbers are actually better than that to lefties. In over 400 at-bats against right-handers, Frazier bats .258 with a .796 OPS. Gardner’s career stats are very similar against righties, batting .264 with a .768 OPS when facing them.

With the Yankees getting off to a rough start, there’s no shame in putting Gardner in the lineup for a day or two to try and give the team an offensive jolt. However, it shouldn’t come at the expense of Frazier being on the bench almost every other day. He’s certainly not gotten off to the start he’d like with just 6 hits in 30 tries, but the Yankees cannot give up on him this early. Frazier provides value on both sides of the ball, and it’s just a matter of time until he snaps out of his slump. It’s not like almost every other Yankee is having trouble hitting the ball anyway.

Going forward, the Yankees need to stick to their word and continue to give Frazier a shot. It’s too early to give up on him as the starter, and it’s only fair to him for what he’s gone through the past few seasons with the Yankees.

This Yankees’ slugger has a clear goal: Make the All-Star team

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

During the 2020 season, New York Yankees’ outfielder Clint Frazier improved a lot as a ballplayer. He made some adjustments in his stance and approach, he showed a lot more patience, and he was a Gold-Glove finalist. Few talent evaluators had Frazier capable of being an OBP machine, yet he slashed .267/.394/.511 in the short 2020 season.

What is the Yankees’ slugger primary goal this time around? Showing that he can maintain a similar level over the course of a full, 162-game season. It won’t be easy, as pitchers adjust and find holes in breakout hitters’ swings. But he is determined to do it.

“The goal is to be an impact player, one that shows what I can finally do over the course of 162 games,” Frazier said in a Zoom call with reporters, per SI.com. “I have goals in my head of what I want to accomplish and I do think that they’re pretty fair goals. If I accomplish those, I do think that there’s a good chance that I could find myself on the All-Star ballot if I produce the way that I hope that I can.”

The Yankees know what Frazier is capable of

If given a full slate of at-bats, which is the Yankees’ plan entering the season, Frazier could be capable of hitting 30 home runs, driving in 100 runs, and boasting his much-improved eye at the plate.

In just 39 games for the Yankees, Frazier hit eight home runs and had 26 RBI. The improvement he showed as a fielder was equally impressive, perhaps more.

He hasn’t had a particularly good spring, but the same can be said about a lot of his Yankees’ teammates, and most of them will be fine when the season rolls.

Last season’s performance was enough for the Yankees to name Frazier the starting left fielder. General manager Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone have praised him since last year’s transformation.

“It made me feel like I was a part of the team more because I’ve been the guy that’s trying to crack the lineup every opportunity that I can,” Frazier explained. “For both those guys to say the things that they said out in the public, it definitely made me feel a sigh of relief.”

New York Yankees: Clint Frazier wants to be an “impact player”

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankee’s Clint Frazier is about to realize a dream eight years in the making. Next Thursday, April 1, Frazier will suit up to be the starting left-fielder for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, and that’s no April fools joke. Clint Frazier has battled poor defense, poor attitude, and the Yankee shuttle, but now with his determination and a little mentoring from Brett Gardner, he’s a new man, a major leaguer.

In the short 60 game season last year, a new, more mature Frazier showed up. He also had amazingly become a Gold Glove Award nominee. He was so good that manager Aaron Boone made him a daily part of the lineup in the second half. Now with all that behind him and an Opening Day job, Frazier has set his sights on new goals, to become an impact player and an All-Star. There is no question that he has the talent, and possibly playing every day, he could become a superstar.

“The goal is to be an impact player, one that shows what I can finally do over the course of 162 games,” Frazier said in a Zoom call with reporters. “I have goals in my head of what I want to accomplish and I do think that they’re pretty fair goals. If I accomplish those, I do think that there’s a good chance that I could find myself on the All-Star ballot if I produce the way that I hope that I can.”

The New York Yankees always knew that his quick swing and ability to hit both for contact and power highlighted his talent. But, for Frazier, his poor play in the field has dogged him throughout his career. His maturity was also a factor. Last season a new 26-year-old, more mature Frazier, showed up at summer camp. But even that didn’t help as he was to start the season at the alternate site. Due to need, the Yankees called him up on August 12th. In his first game, he went 3 for 4 with a monster home run. Frazier continued to play like a star with much-improved field play, making diving catch after diving catch. Late in the month, manager Aaron Boone rewarded him a permanent place in the lineup.

Frazier continued his excellent play into the postseason, going 2 for 7 with a 286 batting average and a 1.000 OPS and a homer to his name. Those two months of play have cemented him as a part of future Yankee teams and a player too talented to use in the trade market. To discover how Clint reached this plateau, let’s start from the beginning.

Clint Frazier was born on September 6, 1994, in Loganville, Georgia. He is of Scot descent and played baseball in the Loganville high school’s baseball team’s outfield. He played well, and in his senior year, he batted .485 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI’s. He was even named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.

Clint doesn’t have to borrow a dollar for a coke; he was given a 3.5 million signing bonus with the Cleveland Indians, being selected fifth in the 2013 draft. He decided to sign with the Indians instead of attending college at the University of Georgia. After the signing, he was sent to Arizona to play with the minor league team there. In his first game, he hit a triple and a home run. In 2014 he played for their Class A team, the Captains of the mid-west league. He batted .266 with 13 home runs in 120 games.

Frazier’s big break came in July of 2016 when the Indians traded Clint to the Yankees in a multi-trade that got the Indians, Andrew Miller. Clint was assigned the triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders. In 2017 Clint played in 73 games for the Rail Riders amassed 42 RBI’s, a batting average of .257 with 12 home runs. He played only 73 games because he was called up to the stadium on July 1st of 2017. As he is called, Big Red or Red Thunder enamored himself to Yankee fans on July 8th, when he hit his first career walk-off home run, giving the Yankees a win over the Brewers.

During June of 2019, all Clint Frazier did was hit. In fact, he hit .320 with four multi-hit games. Despite his hot hotting, Frazier was controversial as he failed at times in the field, and then there was the episode when he failed to answer questions about his poor fielding. When Edwin Encarnacion was traded to the Yankees from Seattle, the Yankees decided that rankled many but sent Frazier down to Scranton. Frazier then further damaged his reputation by tweeting snarky comments about the Yankees and removing everything Yankee from social media. Many consider those actions quite immature and be a real Yankee; he needed to grow up.

Last year in spring training and the delayed summer camp, a new, more mature Clint Frazier had appeared.  He played well behind the plate and in the field during the training camps.  After baseball restarted after the coronavirus shutdown, Frazier was the only player elected to play in the field and at-bat with a face mask.  When interviewed, he stated that it wasn’t a problem; he was wearing the mask to protect his fellow players.

But even that new maturity didn’t help Frazier.  When the New York Yankees announced their 40 man roster at the beginning of the season, Frazier found himself back at Scranton. When Giancarlo Stanton injured a hamstring running the bases at Tampa.  In a somewhat puzzling move, the New York Yankees called up Thairo Estrada instead of the obvious left field replacement, Clint Frazier.  Yankee and Clint Frazier fans were wondering if he will see major league action that shortened season.  He would be hitting third or fourth in their lineup with almost any other team, but with the Yankees, he continued to sit and wait for another chance at Yankee stardom.

That chance came on August 12 as part of a two-game series with the Atlanta Braves. All Frazier did from that game on and into the postseason was to show the New York Yankees and its fans a new Clint Frazier and what he could do for the team. It now appears he is a permanent part of the team with a career of stardom to fill.

Although he hasn’t been burning the barn down this spring, he has two home runs in 14 games. He is batting .243 with a .750 OPS. The now 26-year-old Frazier already knows how hard it was to get to this point. Now he is going to find out that staying on the team will take all of his determination. If he achieves his goals, the Yankees might have the next big Yankee star in the making.

Yankees News: Clint Frazier erases any concern of ‘sluggish’ injury feeling

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The New York Yankees have one final week to iron out their active roster before the start of the 2021 regular season. With Clint Frazier penciled in as a primary starter in the outfield, skipper Aaron Boone feels confident that they have their long-term solution at LF. Frazier showed out in 2020, posting a .269 average with eight homers and 26 RBIs over 39 games. His defense took a dramatic leap forward, finishing as a Gold Glove finalist.

However, Frazier had an injury scare several days ago, running into the outfield wall and staying down for a few minutes. Luckily, all indications point toward him being 100% fine, despite Boone deeming him “sluggish” over the weekend.

The Yankees had Frazier play in right field on Sunday against Toronto, and he didn’t miss a step, going 2-for-4 and hitting a two-run double. The Yankees are testing him out at different spots, similar to the role Brett Gardner played during his time as a starter. Frazier can fill in diversity, and it only increases his value to the team. The Yankee outfield has picked up plenty of injuries of the past few seasons, so having quality supplemental options is a major bonus. For example, if Aaron Judge were to miss any games, Frazier could move to right field with ease and Brett Gardner would take over in left.

“He’s playing right field, so I kind of wanted him to stay back and get some work in right field, just to have a couple days rolling into that,” Boone said before Sunday’s wn over Toronto. “So he’s good to go.”

This spring, Frazier is hitting .321 with two homers and six RBIs over 31 plate appearances. He’s had a phenomenal offensive spring and has been consistent defensively as well. While he has struck out eight times, he’s made some solid contact and earned three walks, showing off a bit more patience. The 26-year-old has an opportunity to lock down the starting position for the foreseeable future, and he’s well on his way to accomplishing that goal.

Yankees’ regular is not a fan of the Blue Jays’ temporary home to start the season

New York Yankees, Clint Frazier

The Canadian government isn’t allowing MLB baseball to be played in Toronto, at least for the start of the regular season, because of concerns regarding a possible outbreak of COVID-19. That’s why the Blue Jays are being forced to play in their spring training home, TD Ballpark, in Dunedin, FL. Last season, they had to play in Buffalo because of a similar scenario. What does this have to do with the New York Yankees?

Well, one of the Yankees’ regulars, Clint Frazier, is certainly not a fan of the venue as a place for outfielders to thrive. According to what the young thumper told NJ Advance Media, the ballpark is really inconvenient from several standpoints.

In approximately two weeks, the Yankees will travel to Dunedin to face the Blue Jays as the season begins.

The Yankees’ outfielder didn’t give TD Ballpark a great review

Frazier isn’t so thrilled with the idea. “It’s a typical spring training place that unfortunately we’re going to have to play at a few times probably,” he said this week.

Frazier played six innings in left field, and said the experience wasn’t very good.

“The way that the reflection comes off those seats, it’s really bright,” he explained. “It reminds me of the Dodgers’ spring training (stadium), whenever I played in Cleveland. It’s just a really hard backdrop considering how much reflection seems to come off those chairs and then you factor in no clouds in the sky and it’s just a really high sky and it just makes it a semi-uncomfortable setting in the outfield.”

“Just like other stadiums, they all have their things they have to work around, whether it’s sometimes the sun sets in left field and the left fielder is getting crushed by the sun,” the Yankees’ young star said. “Unfortunately, it seems like there’s a couple more piled on top of things that you have to deal with. Hopefully it’s different whenever there’s a night game played just so we can go out there and avoid all the reflections and all that, the way the sun sets.”