Yankees: Manager Aaron Boone defends struggling young prospect

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

It’s not a secret that Deivi Garcia hasn’t progressed this season, at least not as the New York Yankees had hoped. While battling command issues, the right-hander, who opened the season as the Bombers’ number two prospect by some publications, just hasn’t positioned himself as an option to contribute to the 2021 Yankees, despite impressing in last year’s shortened campaign.

It’s probably safe to say, at this point, that Garcia isn’t the Yankees’ number two prospect anymore. Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza have leapfrogged him in the internal rankings, among others.

But that doesn’t mean Garcia should be counted out entirely as a prospect. Yes, he has been bad at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with a 7.41 ERA in 15 games (14 starts), but he still has youth on his side.

“He’s a young man,” manager Aaron Boone said according to NJ Advance Media. “Sometimes, especially when you’ve had the kind of success that he’s had and you rocket through the system and you come up last year and you have some varying degrees of success with us in the big leagues, sometimes you expect it to be easy and it’s not.”

He’s not ready to help the Yankees, but it’s not fair to label him as a bust

Garcia’s struggles have forced the Yankees to rely heavily on Nestor Cortes Jr. and Luis Gil, just to name a couple of pitchers.

But Deivi Garcia is still 22, and remains the owner of an impressive curveball that can consistently get swings and misses. Once he sharpens his fastball command, everything else will fall in place. But he isn’t failed prospect. He’s just not ready.

“There’s growing pains that happen,” Boone said, “especially for very young and even very young, talented players sometimes. This has certainly been that type of year for him and hopefully he continues to learn from it and ultimately becomes better for going through these kinds of struggles that are inevitable for all of us that play this game long enough.”

The Yankees hope he can show some progress soon.

New York Yankees: 3 Major takeaways from second loss to the Tigers

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

This afternoon the New York Yankees met up with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. It was game two of the three-game set. Last night the Yankees lost the opener with a walk-off win by the Tigers in the tenth inning. The Yankee starter today was Deivi Garcia, who was called up from Scranton. He faced one of the most dependable Tiger pitchers Spencer Turnbull. The final score was the Tigers 6 and the Yankees 1.

Deivi Garcia disappointed

With Corey Kluber on the IL and possibly missing two months, the Yankees brought up Deivi Garcia and Albert Abreu from Scranton. Garcia started last night’s game against the Detroit Tigers and took the loss. He greatly lacked control of his pitches. Several of his called balls were nowhere near the zone.

He only lasted 4.1 innings giving up 5 runs. With two bad starts, one early in the season, he has probably lost his chance to stay up and replace Corey Kluber. In his first start, he also only went four innings. He is presently 0-2 with a 6.68 ERA.

Yankees only get 3 hits

The New York Yankees’ lack of hitting is getting serious as it appears to be deeply embedded in the lineup. On Friday night, the Yankees had 11 hits, far more than usual but went 0-10 with men in scoring position. Last night they could only muster up 3 hits in the game, leaving six on base and going 0-4 with men in scoring position. They also hit into their 58th double play in the game. The Yankees are tied for hitting into the most double plays—.096 per game.

The lack of hitting has dogged the Yankees all season except for a very few games. Only Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have been performing as they should. There are a few others that have shown encouraging signs, but the Yankees still have 8 regular players, including the bench that are hitting less than.194. This morning, the Yankees are of the 30 MLB teams 23rd in batting average and slugging. Even worse, they at 27th in RBI’s.

Another discouraging sign for the Yankees is their best hitter for the last two years, DJ LeMahieu, is underperforming. He won last year’s batting title, but his batting average is over 100 points less this year. Presently he is hitting just .263 with only three home runs of the season. Also discouraging is that when the Yankees hit, it tends not to be timely. Last night they blew the game in the second inning when with the bases loaded and no outs, they only could score one run.

Now the New York Yankees are in danger of being swept by the second-worst team in the AL. What even worse, they, after today, will go back to the Stadium to play seven games against the AL-leading Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. I don’t know the answers to the hitting problem, but it seems obvious that they must have an upgrade in centerfield by trading for a power-hitting lefty. Secondly, they must immediately bring Chris Gittens up from Scranton to replace Mike Ford. Ford is hitting .140. Gittens, in only 14 games, has 4 homers and is hitting .268. They cannot continue not to get performance from first, left, and centerfield.

Justin Wilson adds his name to the Yankee IL

The signing of Justin Wilson is turning out to be a nightmare for the New York Yankees. Over the offseason, with the loss of Adam Ottavino and Zack Britton, the Yankees looked for relievers. They got Wilson from the Texas Rangers, and he has only been a headache since. First, he missed the beginning of the season due to a shoulder injury. When he returned, he pitched very poorly, and after Friday night’s game in which he blew the save, he is again on the IL, this time with a hamstring injury.

A rather odd move by manager Aaron Boone, closer Aroldis Chapman pitched only 14 balls in a tie hold in the ninth inning on Friday night. Instead of going with Chapman again in the 10th, he choose Wilson, who gave up a two-run homer that lost the game for the Yankees.

 

 

Yankees: Good news and bad news in embarrassing loss to Detroit

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

After enjoying a six-game winning streak last week, the Yankees have come crashing back down to earth, losing four of their last five games, including their most recent two against the Detroit Tigers. To start the series, the Yankees have scored just three runs in two games, giving up nine.

Unfortunately, injuries are taking their toll on the roster, as the starting rotation lost Corey Kluber to a shoulder injury which will keep him out a minimum of four weeks. In the meantime, the Yankees elevated young starter Deivi Garcia, who featured against Detroit on Saturday.

The young Dominican Republic native lasted 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs. It was not his most efficient outing, but the offense didn’t do him any favors, as they recorded 12 strikeouts and just three hits.

Good news and bad news for the Yankees:

The bad news remains the Yankees’ inefficient offense, which continues to struggle despite having some of the best hitters in baseball. Rougned Odor struck out three times, and every single batter in the lineup was punched out at some point in the game.

In the loss, the offense went hitless with runners in scoring position, proving yet again that they are struggling to a degree inconceivable for the talent they have available. The Yankees nearly had a big inning in the second, loading the bases with just one out before Miguel Andujar grounded into a double play and Brett Gardner popped out.

The inefficiency of this group is not only a problem, it is devastation, as it was only acceptable as long as the pitching was performing well. However, the starters have struggled recently with injuries taking their toll, and Garcia simply couldn’t hold it down in his second appearance of the season.

In more positive news, Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton officially started a rehab assignment with Double-A Somerset on Saturday. After undergoing surgery to remove a bone chip in his left elbow, he was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 29. He’s working his way back, but it still likely a few weeks away from a return. He will be a welcomed addition to the bullpen, which has burdened the load as the starters work through a speed bump.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose another one to the lowly Tigers

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

This afternoon the New York Yankees met up with the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. It was game two of the three-game set. Last night the Yankees lost the opener with a walk-off win by the Tigers in the tenth inning. The Yankee starter today was Deivi Garcia, who was called up from Scranton. He faced one of the most dependable Tiger pitchers Spencer Turnbull. The final score was the Tigers 6 and the Yankees 1.

In the first faced DJ LeMahieu leading off for the Yankees, Turnbull flew out to right field. Rougie Odor went down on strikes. Aaron Judge also flew out to right to end the half. In the bottom, Deivi Garcia took to the mound to face Robbie Grossman, who popped out to right. Jelmer Candelario ground out to first base. Miguel Cabrera struck out for a 1-2-3 first inning for Deivi Garcia. No score.

The top of the second saw Gleyber Torres at the plate; he walked on four pitches. Gary Sanchez singled up the right. Mike Ford stepped to the plate with two on and no outs and walked to load the bases, and Turnbull was in trouble. Miguel Andujar hit into a double play. Torres scored. Clint Frazier walked. With two outs and men on the corners, Brett Gardner ground out up the middle, but the Yankees took the lead in the game.

At the bottom, Jonathan Schoop was hit by a pitch and advanced to first base. Nomar Mazara got a base hit up the middle. Eric Haase flew out to right. Nick Goodrum flew out to center. Akil Baddoo, with two on and two outs, walked to load the bases. That prompted a visit to the mound by pitching coach Matt Blake. Willi Castro should have ground out, but Odor overthrew first base, and two Tigers score. Grossman, with two outs and men on the corners, ground out to end the inning. Detroit Tigers 2 New York Yankees 1.

DJ LeMahieu led off the third inning by grounding out to second base. Odor struck out for the second time. Aaron Judge flew out to end the half. Candelario led off the bottom by lining out to Gardner in center. Cabrera flew out to Frazier in right. Schoop ground out to short for a scoreless inning. Tigers 2 Yankees 1.

The fourth inning was led off by Gleyber Torres, who went down looking. Sanchez ground out to third. Ford ground out to second. At the bottom of the inning, Mazara struck out swinging. Haase hit a triple to center field. Goodrum hit a sac fly to center, scoring Haase. Baddoo went down looking, but the Tigers tacked on another run. Tigers 3 New York Yankees 1.

Miguel Andujar led off the fifth inning by striking out. Clint Frazier went down swinging. Gardner popped out to second for Turnbull’s 10th in a row put down. The bottom was led off by Willi Castro, who doubled on a bobbled ball by Odor. Grossman flew out to foul territory caught by LeMahieu. Candelario doubled to far-right, driving in Castro. Cabrera faced the new pitcher Albert Abreu, and a wild pitch allowed Candelario to advance to third. Cabrera had a sac fly scoring Candelario. Schoop hit a homer to the Yankee bullpen. Mazara flew out to center. Tigers 6 Yankees 1.

LeMahieu led off the sixth inning by singling to left field. Odor that went 4 for 5 last night struck out for the third time in the game. Judge hit a sharp one directly to the third baseman. Torres singled to right, and that did it for Turnbull. Gary Sanchez faced the new pitcher Jose Cisnero with two outs and two on and struck out, stranding two. At the bottom, Haase ground out up the middle. Goodrum ground out. Baddoo ground out to second to end the inning. Tigers 6 Yankees 1.

At the top of the seventh, Mike Ford led off for the Yankees facing the new pitcher Daniel Norris; he was hit by a pitch and advanced to first base. Andujar flew out to foul territory in right field. Clint Frazier went down swinging. Gardner went down swinging. At the bottom of the seventh, Castro ground out to short. Grossman stuck out, and Candelario ground out to first. Tigers 6 Yankees 1.

With Funkhouser on the mound, LeMahieu struck out swinging. Odor ground out to first. Judge struck out looking as the Yankees went down in order again. Cabrera led off the bottom of the eighth by lining out. Schoop hit a single to left. Mazara was called out on strikes. Haase struck out to end the inning. Tigers 6 Yankees 1.

With last licks on the line for the New York Yankees, in the ninth inning Gleyber Torres took to the plate and ground out to short. Sanchez walked. Ford struck out. Miguel Andujar flew out for their second loss to the Tigers. The final score was the Detroit Tigers 6 and the Yankees 1. The winning pitcher was Spencer Turnbull, and the loser was Deivi Garcia.

New York Yankees: Preview of the Detroit Tigers series at Comerica Park

After losing their first series in recent weeks, the New York Yankees travel to Detroit, Michigan, for a 3 game set with the Detroit Tigers. It’s their second series with the Tigers; the first was at Yankees Stadium when Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Corey Kluber sweep the Tigers. This time the Yankees won’t have Corey Kluber, who is expected to miss the next eight weeks.

The weather for the series should not be an issue for the weekend, but scattered light showers could impact tonight’s game. It will also be quite cool for tonight’s game, with temperatures expected in the upper 40’s. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the YES Network and Bally Sports. Both weekend games will be on Bally Sports and in the New York area on WPIX and its affiliates.

The Detroit Tigers are at the bottom of the AL Central, losing 31 of 50 games. They are coming off a series loss to the Cleveland Indians, losing 3 of the 4 games. The Yankees are two games out of first place in the AL East.

Tonight, May 28, 7:10 pm:

Tonight is game one of the 3 game set in Detroit. The game will be started by the New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. Cole is 6-2 with an ERA of 1.81 with an incredible 92 strikeouts. It’s the most strikeouts over the first 10 games of a season, surpassing Al Downings 86 in 1963. It is also second only to Shane Bieber of the Indians this season. Cole is coming off a shutout of the Chicago White Sox when he allowed just four hits.

Cole will face the Tiger’s Casey Mize, 3-3, with an ERA of 3.32 with 40 strikeouts. Mize has never faced the Yankees in his career. He has been pitching well in May and is coming off a one-run game last weekend against the Kansas City Royals.

Saturday, May 29, 4:10 pm:

Saturday’s early evening game will pit Deivi Garcia against the Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull. Corey Kluber’s trip to the IL has caused a Yankee pitching shortage, necessitating the call-up of Deivi Garcia from Scranton.  Garcia last appeared for the Yankees at the end of April. He gave up two runs in four innings of work and was sent down to the Rail Riders. He made his major league debut last season, pitching in six games.

Garcia will face one of the Tiger’s more dependable pitchers, Spencer Turnbull. Turnbull is 3-2 with an ERA of 3.12 and 34 strikeouts. Turnbull had one of this season’s no-hitters. On May 18, he no-hit the Seattle Mariners. His last start was a no-decision against the Cleveland Indians.

Sunday, May 30, 1:10 pm:

It’s odd, but the New York Yankees have not announced a pitcher for the Sunday matinee. However, it will most likely be Jameson Taillon or Michael King.

The Yankees will face the Tiger’s Tarik Skubal, who is 1-7 with an ERA of 4.53. On May 19th, he got his first win of the season against the Mariners. Skubal gives up home runs, lots of them. He averaged just under 2 per game. He faced the Yankees on April 30th when he gave up 3 home runs in a game the Yankees won 10-0 at the Stadium.

 

New York Yankees: The Yankees minor league system is thriving (video)

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

All the attention this week is on the New York Yankees series with the Texas Rangers and their hope to advance to first place in the AL East. Last night’s loss in the first game of the 4 game series did not advance that hope.  The Yankees got off to a slow start this season but have been playing better recently, taking the last seven series, which has seen them rise from the bottom of the AL East to a tie for the third spot. The Yankees’ loss last night was without three key players; hopefully, that will resolve itself sooner than later.

As the minor league system is going into the third week of play, the Yankee affiliates are doing pretty well. In some cases showing that some of the players major league-ready or close to it.  Some stats are pretty inspiring.

The Scranton Wilkes/Barre Rail Riders:

The Rail Riders are on a roll; they are 9-3 for first place in the Triple-A northeast. Chris Gittens continues to impress, is major league-ready; unfortunately, the Yankees have no place to put him now that Luke Voit is back. He, in nine games, is hitting .333/.556/.917. He has two doubles and four home runs while walking 11 times, showing his patience at the plate. Four home runs are pretty amazing in just nine games.

New York Yankee prospect Deivi Garcia is staying major league ready if there is an injury, and the Yankees need him. He has pitched 10 innings striking out 16  while allowing just 5 hits and walking two in his first two games of the season. He has not allowed a run and was named the Triple-A East pitcher of the week. In other RR news, Estevan Florial was promoted to Scranton after the Hicks injury. In three games at AA and two at AAA, he is hitting just .095/.174/.190.

Low-A Tampa Yankee Tarpons

The Tarpons to start the season have the same winning record as the Rail Riders; they are 9-3 and 1st place in the Low-A Southeast. The only difference here is that the player’s names are not as recognizable. Standouts are pitcher Nelvin Correa. In four games and across 9.2 innings striking out nine opponents and allowing only 4 hits without allowing a run.

Max Burt, the 24-year-old out of Northeastern University, is playing great this season and may be his time to break out. In eight games, he is hitting .364/.400/.545, with 3 home runs and 3 doubles. He was playing so well that he is no longer with the Tarpons; he has been promoted to AA Somerset Patriots.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Somerset Patriots (the old Trenton Thunder) are 7-5 on the season and are tied for first place in the Double-A (Northeast) North.  The Patriots’ next game is in Hartford, CT, with the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies affiliate).

The Patriots have some outstanding players, and Ron Marinaccio is one of them as he has quickly become a pitcher to watch, as he’s impressed out of the bullpen early this season. In 4 relief appearances and 7.2 innings pitched, he has struck out 12 while allowing just two hits and no runs. The Patriots’ star hitter is Oswaldo Cabrera. In 8 games, he is hitting .321/.441/with a homer and two double. He is a very patient hitter at the plate; he has walked six times.

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades are the only New York Yankees affiliate that doesn’t have a winning record; they are 6-6, Tied for 2nd place in the High-A East (Northern). That may improve this week as they play the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) that are 4-7.

The standout Renegade is a name many Yankee fans will recognize; Oswald Peraza, he has now hit as many home runs in the last eight games as he had in his minor league career entering the season. He is coming off four straight homers in as many plate appearances. He also leads the league in stolen bases. In eight games, he is hitting .484/.556/1.000, hitting 5 home runs with 2 double baggers and seven stolen bases, and was High-A East player of the week.

Pitcher Ken Waldichuk is starting to make a name for himself. In his first start, he went 3.1 innings striking out 10. He backed that up with a second start when he struck out 7 across four innings. In both starts, he has not allowed a run.

My picks for the best Yankees minor league prospects for the first two weeks are Chris Gittens, Deivi Garcias, and Oswald Peraza.

New York Yankees News: More Covid, all the Yankee news in one place

New York Yankees outfielder, Clint Frazier.

New York Yankees identify a ninth Covid case

It’s no secret that the New York Yankees have a serious situation with the Covid virus. It all started last Sunday night when Phil Nevin the Yankee third base coach was diagnosed as a “breakthrough” case of the virus, thats when a fully vaccinated person contracts the virus.

In the following days, the virus spread to seven coaches and support staff, all of which were vaccinated. On Wednesday the Yankees got the news that the first player, Gleyber Torres tested positive. Now the Yankees have announced that a ninth staff member on in the traveling party has tested positive. The staff member was not identified but is among the support staff. The first infectees including Torres are quarantined in Tampa and this ninth member will be quarantined in Baltimore.

Yankees pitched poorly in failure to sweep the Baltimore Orioles

The New York Yankees pitching completely collapsed in yesterday’s finale in Baltimore. Starter Jordan Montgomery seemed uncomfortable on the mound, giving up five runs in just three innings of work. and for the Yankees, the bullpen was just as bad giving up an additional five runs. Micheal King in two innings of work gave up a run. Wandy Peralta gave up another two runs, followed by Luis Cessa allowing another two runs for the 10-6 Yankee loss.

Aaron Hicks heads to the IL

Aaron Hicks has a torn tendon sheath and will head back to New York to have it evaluated by the team doctor. He is headed to the 10 day IL and will not travel with the team to Texas for the 4 game Rangers series.

When the injury was identified on Friday manager Aaron Boone said it could just be rest or the IL or he could need surgery. Now it is evident that rest will not solve the problem and ultimately will require surgery sooner than later. After today we should have a clearer picture of what the future holds for the centerfielder.

In good injury news, DH Giancarlo Stanton and second baseman Rougned Odor will travel with the team to Texas and play in the Ranger Series. Odor’s chance to play against his previous team may be a bit optimistic, time will tell.

It’s a bird it’s a plane, no it’s Clint Frazier

It’s no secret that Clint Frazier has been struggling mightily behind the plate and his batting average is the lowest of any regular lineup hitter. But during this time Frazier is making a name for himself defensively. He has become the teams flying, diving outfielder making at least three flying through the air diving catches. Last night was no different, he flew through the air crashing down on his chest and face stealing a hit from Trey Mancini in the seventh. In the dive, he destroyed his sunglasses breaking them into several pieces.

“I think that was my best catch so far,” Frazier said. “I think people think that I dive for some balls that I don’t have to. That one, we can all agree that I needed to dive for it.”

On the other side of the plate, Frazier may be ready to break out. He hit a back-to-back homer and got a single in the Yankee loss.

It’s not Florial, it’s Ryan LaMarre

The injury to Aaron Hicks left a hole in the outfield. His absence assures Brett Gardner of more playing time, but without Tauchman on the team, there is no backup, so the Yankees had to call someone up to sit on the bench. Many thought it would be Estevan Florial but just being called up to Scranton he had to be there for 72 hours before he could be called up to the Stadium, so the Yankees went for Ryan LaMarre instead. LaMarre went hitless in 3 at-bats last night but made some nice plays in the field.

LaMarre is a six-year veteran of the major leagues, playing with six different teams after suffering a number of injuries. Now with the Yankees, he has the opportunity to play in the majors again. His best year was in 2018 when he had a batting average of .303 in 33 games with the White Sox.

Oswald Peraza, Deivi Garcia turning heads

Oswald Peraza is the up-and-coming New York Yankee shortstop prospect that is presently playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades. Last night he hit a homer, the only run scored in the Renegade loss to the Iron Birds. A home run is not that remarkable, but in Peraza’s case, it is. It was his third straight homer in as many at-bats. He has now hit five long balls in his last four games.

In other prospect news, Deivi Garcia is major league-ready. He is pitching well and staying in form. In last night’s RailRider’s win, Garcia went five innings not allowing a run while striking out 9 Lehigh Valley hitters.

 

New York Yankees: Four prospects to watch as Minor League Baseball begins

New York Yankees, Austin Wells

After taking the 2020 season off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minor League Baseball is finally set to resume play. In the 18+ months since the last MiLB action, the entire farm system structure has changed, including a few affiliates being swapped for the New York Yankees. Scranton remains the Triple-A affiliate for the team, however, the Double-A affiliate is now the Somerset Patriots. Tampa has dropped down to Low-A, while the Hudson Valley Renegades have filled their spot as the High-A affiliate.

With Minor League Baseball resuming, that means that there will be plenty of prospects to keep an eye on throughout the season. Here is one prospect to watch for on each Yankees’ affiliate.

Low-A: Austin Wells (C)

2021 1st round draft pick Austin Wells will make his minor league debut with the Tampa Tarpons this week. Wells, 21, impressed throughout Spring Training and is a likely candidate to replace Gary Sanchez in the future.

That being said, Wells’s progression is something to keep an eye on throughout the season. If Wells performs well in 2021, he could potentially make it to Double-A come September, putting him in a position where he could be MLB ready by the end of the 2022 or the beginning of 2023.

High-A: Luis Medina (RHP)

Ranked 7th in the Yankees orgamization, Luis Medina is looking for a breakout season in the minors in 2021. He struggled in 2018 and 2019 in A-Ball, however, he’s two years older now and has had a ton of time to develop. The Yankees are very high on him and he could be an arm in the MLB rotation in a few seasons.

With prospects Clarke Schmidt and Deivi Garcia already proving themselves as MLB quality pitchers, Medina is essentially the No. 2 pitching prospect in the organization, only behind Luis Gil. If Medina starts off strong in 2021, he could quickly see a promotion to Double-A.

Double-A: Estevan Florial (CF)

Despite making his MLB debut in 2020, Estevan Florial finds himself in Double-A to begin the 2021 season. Currently the Yankees No. 2 outfield prospect behind Jasson Dominguez, Florial could potentially be an impact player for the Yankees this season. The team hasn’t had much production out of outfielders Clint Frazier, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, meaning Florial could potentially be in the mix.

If Florial were to make the MLB roster at some point, a strong performance for him is key to his Yankee future. With Dominguez likely MLB ready in 2023, Florial would like to show that he belongs on the Yankees’ roster and that Dominguez’s route to the majors isn’t as easy as it’s hyped to be.

Triple-A: Deivi Garcia (RP)

Picking Deivi Garcia as the player to watch for this season in Triple-A is a difficult one. Many players on the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders are either MLB veterans or lower-ranked prospects who have already made MLB appearances. However, with the expectation that Garcia will start games next season with the Yankees, we’ll go with Garcia.

2021 will likely see Garcia jump back-and-forth between the Triple-A and MLB roster, but he should hopefully get 25ish starts between the two teams. If Garcia can succeed at both levels this season, then it’ll put him in great shape to have a permanent MLB roster spot in 2022.

New York Yankees: 3 major takeaways from loss to the Orioles

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

In the good news department of the New York Yankees, they almost swept the Cleveland Indians, losing the last game of the four-game set.  After an abysmal start of the season, that series showed some hope, with the team basically playing better baseball across the board. For a team that is built on the home run ball that also showed up in the series hitting 8 long balls. Last night they didn’t hit a home run and lost their first game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Garcia throws 65 pitches and gives up 2 runs.

Last night the New York Yankees called Deivi Garcia out of the traveling taxi squad to start the first game of a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles. After not making the starting day roster, he made his season debut start. Garcia took the loss but didn’t pitcher as poorly as the decision might suggest. He gave up a run in each of his first two innings but then pitched two scoreless innings using 65 pitches.

Many might ask why he was taken out throwing only 65 pitches, but that is not totally unusual for a first start of the season. Had the relievers not given up more runs and the hitters were actually hitting, the outcome might have been better for the 21-year-old pitcher. The news is that after this taxi squad he will be sent back down to Scranton. Considering how poorly everyone that isn’t named Cole has been performing, that move may be premature.

The so good bullpen failed

Last night was an unusual one for the New York Yankee bullpen. For the most part, the Yankees bullpen has been one of the best since the beginning of the season. But last night, they gave up 2 runs in 4 innings of work. After Deivi Garcia was removed from the game, Lucas Luetge pitched a clean fifth inning. Why he was only allowed to pitch only that one inning is anyone’s guess, he was replaced by sidewinder Darren O’Day who allowed a run. He was replaced by Justin Wilson, who gave up a home run to Cedric Mullins, who got two long balls on the night.

Yankee hitters have again gone silent

I hate to say this, but when the New York Yankees don’t hit home runs, they don’t win games. The Yankees are not a small ball-playing team. They haven’t gotten many hits in most games; spare a few. They don’t hit with men in scoring position, meaning their lack of situational hitting keeps their scoring down. And add to that, this season, they are hitting into an unusual amount of double plays. Even last year’s batting champ, DJ LeMahieu, isn’t performing as expected.

Lacking hitting since the beginning of the season, the Indians series was encouraging, but it shouldn’t have been if you look closer. In the Yankees’ last three games, including last night, they have only scored 1.7 runs a game. You aren’t going to win many games that way. Most industry know it alls; say you have to score an average of 5 runs a game to win consistently. The Yankees came away winning their series with the Indians because the Indians didn’t play well either.

Most baseball analysts say that the New York Yankees have one of the best and most powerful lineups in baseball. So far this season, they are anything but. I am not sure if it’s Hal Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone, or the coaches, but someone has got to get these players inspired and playing to their abilities before the Yankees dig a hole so deep they can’t get out of it.

New York Yankees Recap: Yankees lose Game One against the Orioles

New York Yankees, Deivi Garcia

The New York Yankees kicked off a four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles at Orioles Park as Camden Yards in Baltimore. The last time the two teams met, the Yankees took 2 of 3 from the Orioles, outscoring them 18-5. Tonight see the return of Deivi Garcia to the rotation after missing out on the starting rotation. He has been working on his slider pitch and hopes to win his first game of the season. He faced the Orioles Matt Harvey in his fifth start of the season. The game-time temperature was 65 degrees, and the game was played under sunny/clear skies with just a light breeze. The Yankees lost the game 4-2.

DJ LeMahieu led off the first against Matt Harvey, and he went down looking. From 2012 to 2015, Harvey was one of the best pitchers in baseball until he was beset by several injuries, including Tommy John surgery. Giancarlo Stanton walked. Aaron Judge hit into a double play to end the half. At the bottom, Cedric Mullins lead off Deivi Garcia making his season debut, and Mullins hit a blast into the stands for the early lead for the Orioles. Trey Mancini ground out to short. DJ Stewart ground out to short. Maikel Franco, with two outs, struck out swinging, but the O’s picked up a run. O’s 1 Yankees 0.

Rougie Odor struck out to start the second. Gio Ushela singled. Gleyber Torres walked, and Aaron Hicks flew out to center. But Urshela moved to second base on a close call. Gary Sanchez, with two on and two outs, struck out, leaving two Yankees on base. At the bottom, Austin Hayes led off by striking out. Pedro Severino walked. Ryan Mountcastle flew out to a backpedaling Torres beyond short. Freddie Galvis doubled driving in Severino for the two-run O’s lead. Ramon Urias Ramon Urias struck out swinging to end the half, but the O’s picked up another run. O’s 2 Yankees 0.

At the top of the third, the New York Yankees’ Frazier lined out to second. LeMahieu also lined out to the second baseman. Giancarlo Stanton stuck out swinging for a 1-2-3 inning for Harvey. Mullins led off the bottom by flying out to Frazier in the left. Mancini walked. Stewart flew out to the shift. Franco flew out to Aaron Judge in right field to end the inning. O’s 2 Yankees 0.

Aaron Judge led off the fourth inning by flying out to the right-field wall. Rougie Odor flew out to left. Gio Urshela ground out for Harvey’s eighth put down in a row. At the bottom of the inning, Hays led off, flying out to Aaron Judge. Severino flew out to Frazier in left. Mountcastle had a two-out double over Judge’s head. Galvis walked on four pitches. Urias, with two on and two outs, struck out on a nine-pitch at-bat. O’s 2 Yankees 0.

At the top of the fifth, Gleyber Torres ground out to short. Aaron Hicks flew out to left field. Gary Sanchez struck out to end the half, and it was 11 up and 11 down for Harvey. At the bottom, it was the top of the lineup for Baltimore. Mullins faced the new Yankee pitcher Lucas Luetge and doubled to right. Mancini ground out to Urshela at third. Stewart struck out and Franco grounded out, so the O’s wasted a double when Luetage put down the next three batters. O’s 2 Yankees 1.

Frazier walked, but DJ LeMahieu hit into a double playing the sixth. Giancarlo Stanton doubled. Aaron Judge doubled to left, scoring Stanton as the Yankees picked up a run. Rougie Odor flew out to left, but the Yankees closed the gap. O’s 2 Yankee 1. At the bottom, Darren O’Day took over for Luetge. A pitch hit hays. Severino singled, moving Hays to third. Mountcastle, with two on and no outs, struck out. Rio Ruiz in for Galvis, O’Day balked scoring Hays. Ruiz struck out. Urias flew out to Hicks. The third balk in O’Day’s career led to another O’s run. O’s 3 New York Yankees 1.

At the top of the seventh, Travis Lakins Sr. took over for Harvey. Gio Urshela ground out. Gleyber Torres walked. Aaron Hicks flew out to far left. Gary Sanchez out for the force ending the half. At the bottom, Mullins had a homer off Justin Wilson to center for another run for the O’s. Mancini one-hopped to Odor. Stewart flew out to Urshela, who made a long run to make the catch. Franco doubled to far left on a ball the Judge couldn’t get to. Hays flew to Hicks, but another O’s run scored. O’s 4 Yankees 1.

Clint Frazier led off the eighth inning by walking against Scott. LeMahieu also walked. Giancarlo Stanton, with two on and no out, flew out to left. Aaron Judge walked for the third walk in a row. Rougie Odor chased a pitch out of the zone for the second out. Cesar Valdez came in to get the final out. Urshela instead singled down the left-field line scoring two runners, but Judge was called out at third for the final out of the inning.  As it turned out, DJ was called out because Judge was out before DJ scored. Boone argued and was ejected from the game. Upon YES review, DJ did score. At the bottom, Chad Green replaced Justin Wilson, Severino singled on a throw that pulled DJ off the bag. Mountcastle and Ruiz both ground out, ending the inning.  O’s 4 Yankees 3.

With last licks on the line for the Yankees, Gleyber Torres ground out to short. Aaron Hicks struck out swinging, and Gary Sanchez ground out to end the game. The final score was New York Yankees 4, Baltimore Orioles 2. The winning pitcher was Matt Harvey, and the loser was Deivi Garcia. Cesar Valdez got the save.